The Paradise Tanager is a brilliantly multicolored, medium-sized songbird whose length varies between 13.5 and 15 cm. It has a light green head, sky blue underparts and black upper body plumage. Depending on subspecies, the rump is yellow and red or all red. The beak is black and the legs are grey.
Found in humid tropical and subtropical forests in the western and northern Amazon Basin in South America, it occurring in Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and the Guianas.