Adult males are bright orange with a black back and large white wing patch. The face is orange with a black line through the eye and a black throat. Females and immatures are yellowish-orange on the head and tail, with grayish back and white-edged wing coverts. Immature males show a black throat patch.
In open woodland along streams, particularly among cottonwoods. They also occur in orchards, parks, and oak or mesquite woodlands.