Like many hummingbirds in this genus, males have pink throats. In females, the pink is restricted or absent all together. Both males and females have a clean white chest band. While similar to the Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis), Gorgeted Sunangels are found further north in South America. They favor damp ravines in humid and wet premontane forests, shrubby edges, and thickets. These solitary hummingbirds typically forage low in covered areas and seldom frequent open areas.