The conservation status of the Blue-capped Tanager has been listed by IUCN Red List as Least Concern (Birdlife International 2014). The bird received this categorization because of the large size of its range, estimated as over 428,000 km2 (Birdlife International 2014). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not thought to be near the threshold of Vulnerable status (Birdlife Intenational 2014). Hilty reports that the Blue-capped Tanager is not globally threatened, and is quite common throughout the Andes at middle elevation. The Blue-capped Tanager is resident in several protected areas, but is also numerous in unprotected areas wherever there is second growth (Hilty 2011).