The Chestnut-headed 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 Chestnut-headed Crake is assessed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011).
The Chestnut-headed Crake is difficult to observe, although it can be detected by voice; nonetheles its population status is not well known. In Colombia its relative abundance is assessed as "uncommon, perhaps also local" (Hilty and Brown 1986); in Ecuador it is described as "uncommon to fairly common (but easily overlooked ...)" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a); and in Peru it is "uncommon" (Schulenberg et al. 2007).