The Green-and-black Fruiteater is a striking, common cotinga of the northern Andes. Found from Venezuela south to central Peru, the species inhabits a variety of montane forest types between 1500 and 2700 meters in elevation. Males are olive-green above with a black crown, face, and throat, red bill, and yellow underparts with green feather centers; females are similar to the males but have green heads. The male's song is a thin, metallic, high-pitched, rapid series of ti notes. Four subspecies differ from each other mainly in size and the extent of green streaking in the underparts.