Little is known about the basic ecology of this small hummingbird. It is found only in the Santa Marta mountains of northeastern Colombia where it spends time in montane forest borders, woodlands, and shaded coffee plantations. The male’s red gorget extends to the base of the neck and edge of the chest, forming a point. Females are plain buffy below with dark cheek patches. Both males and females possess white flank patches which can be seen in flight.