This common little hummingbird is found in humid and wet forests, especially near forest borders. It also frequents overgrown clearings near the forest edge. There are several subspecies of Tyrian Metaltails which vary considerably in color in some cases. Tyrian Metaltails cling to or hover at flowers, most often around shrubby forest borders or along roads. Males are fairly aggressive and defend small clusters of flowers. Populations move considerable distances between seasons, and throughout the year individuals often congregate with birds of the same gender.