This large hummingbird is mostly green with a straight bill. Males have a sparkling green throat and chest while females are heavily spotted below with green dots on a white and buffy belly. Velvet-browed Brilliants are found in highland forests, clearings, and scrub in the cerros and tepuis regions of South America. They are mostly solitary and spend their time foraging at scattered flowers or defending small patches. During some parts of the year, birds seem to spend most of their time with birds of the same gender.