The IUCN Red List status for Balsas Screech-Owl is Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2014) due to its moderately small range (a distribution of 90,700 km2; BirdLife International 2014) and the threats it faces. It is considered Threatened under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high concern to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.