The IUCN Red List status of the Altamira Yellowthroat is Vulnerable due to its small population and distribution and its dependence on patchy wetland habitats (a distribution of 51,900 km2; BirdLife International 2014). It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). Altamira Yellowthroat also is considered a species at greatest risk of extinction by Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 50% or more of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.