- Small songbird.
- Short, thick bill.
- Male dark, purplish, with red nape.
- Female dull tan.
Male DescriptionBreeding (Alternate) Plumage: Blue crown and rump. Reddish purple body. Red nape. Appears dark purplish overall from a distance.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Brown overall.
Female DescriptionSmooth, unmarked grayish brown plumage overall.
Immature DescriptionImmature of both sexes resembles adult female.