It measures about 10 centimeters in length and weighs 13 grams. The nest is round and well hidden inside bromeliads, in the tuft of coconut trees or in the beard. Male and female work together to build the nest. It has 2 to 3 eggs, the incubation period being 17 days. It feeds on berries, small larvae, leaves and nectar. It occurs from Bahia and Minas to Rio Grande do Sul and Paraguay.