Golden-winged Manakin occurs in middle elevations in the northern Andes from Venezuela to northern Peru. The male is highly distinctive, black overall with a bright yellow throat and crown, a small yellow tuft over the nares, and yellow edges to the remiges. The female is dull green overall with yellow highlights on the face and belly. The male's most common call is a low, buzzy note, but in display he emits a high, buzzy trill while jumping, bowing, and standing erect around a log on the forest floor. Like other manakins, this species feeds primarily on small fruits, which are obtained in short sallies. It places its cup nest on a branch, typically over a stream.