Parker et al. (1996) lists the research priority for R. bresilius as “medium” compared to other Neotropical birds. Additional genetic data is needed to clarify its phylogenetic relationships to other members of the genus Ramphocelus. Like many other tanager species, the compiled information is not sufficient to fully understand the species and more general research about behavior, life history, ecology and physiology is needed. In addition, because of the lack of population size/numbers, the unique habitats it can live in and the unknown prevalence of trapping, more research should be done that examine the population sizes. This would allow for a better understanding of how trapping impacts the species as a whole and how human activities affect their distribution.