The Gilt-edged Tanager is a stunning inhabitant of lowland evergreen forest and secondary forest in Eastern Brazil from Bahia south to São Paulo. Gilt-edged Tanagers are brilliantly colored with orange-yellow upperparts with black streaking on the nape and back, black throat patch, turquoise breast and a green belly and undertail coverts. Gilt-edged Tanagers are often encountered alone or in groups of up to 8 individuals, foraging from the mid-levels of trees to the canopy. These tanagers forage for insects by gleaning small leaves, occasionally probing curled leaves with their beaks. During the breeding season, young birds from previous broods have been observed helping the mated pair at their nest.