Is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae and the order Passeriformes, measures about 14 centimeters and 15 centimeters, is a specie near endemic of Colombia, is characterized by its purplish-blue back contrasting yellow throat.

It is found from Colombia to southeast Ecuador, it is a rare bird, in Colombia it is distributed between 1500 and 2300 m above sea level in the western part of Cauca and up to 2700 m above Medellin. It is also found on the western slopes of the cordillera occidental and on both slopes of the cordillera central in Antioquia.

 The habitat are Subtropical or Tropical moist, Montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Mainly feeds on fruits and insects.

Generally, alone and in couples or family groups. Follows mixed flocks in search of food.

It is threatened by habitat loss.