The approximate size of these bird is 11 or 12 cm.

Buffy Helmetcrest is a species of bird in the trochilidae family, has a long pointed black and buffy crest, male has short, straight, black bill.

The gorget is long and thin-bearlike in shape and glittering green and blue.

Has very restricted distribution, on the Nevado Del Ruiz in the Central Andes of Colombia, where it occupies the páramo.

Frenquently they can be found in Subtropical, Tropical moist montane, Grassland: Subtropical, Tropical high altitude.

Where foraging individuals cling onto flowers or sometimes even walk on the ground and lurch for insects.

The population of this species is perhaps only a thousand individuals, and its IUCN red list conservation status is evaluated as vulnerable.