This is a large, unadorned tanager with a grey coloration and a slight olive-green hue in certain lighting. It has black wings with a lighter patch at the base of the primaries. The bird is often spotted around palm trees and in open shrubby areas, gardens, and forest edges, making it a generalist in terms of habitat. The species is often seen in pairs or small groups, sometimes with other bird species. It is quite noisy and noticeable, emitting a series of sputtering squeaks or a single nasal “swee?” call.
This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Chocó Andino in Ecuador.