It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Males have black forehead; crown, rump shoulders and a bright ultramarine blue neck patch. Sides of head and back are dark purplish blue. Except for purplish throat rest of the underparts are rufous-orange. Females are predominantly olive or falvous brown with blue patch on ear.