The Black-banded Crake has a wide distribution, and the population trend, although not quantified, is believed to be stable. Consequently, the IUCN Red List status of the Black-banded Crake is assessed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011).
The Black-banded Crake is very difficult to observe, however, and its population status is not well known. In Ecuador it is described as "rare to locally fairly common ([but] easily overlooked ...)" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), and in Peru it is "rare but widespread" (Schulenberg et al. 2007).