The gorget of the male Orange-throated Sunangel indeed is a glittering orange, when seen in good light. As typically is the case with hummingbird iridescence, however, the throat often appears black. The male sunangel still is recognized easily by the broad buffy crescent across the breast. The female is generally buffy below, but still shows a faint buff crescent. This is a typical sunangel, occurring in humid forests, forest edges, and shrub zones in the Venezuelan Andes. The species has seasonal elevational movements, descending to lower elevations during the rainy season. The Orange-throated Sunangel is a common species within its restricted geographic range.