The Chestnut-tipped Toucanet is a small green toucan of lower montane forest. It occurs both in the Andes and in the Guianan highlands, but it is replaced in the northernmost ranges of Colombia and Venezuela by the similar Groove-billed Toucanet (A. sulcatus). This species is green overall, with a black bill showing variable amounts of red and, in most populations, a red tail tip. While its repeated call resembles that of other toucanets, the notes are longer and softer and generally have longer spaces between them than in most species. It feeds on fruits in the canopy, often alone or in pairs, but sometimes in small groups. The nest of this species is unknown.