The Golden-naped Tanager resides in South America over a very large range estimated to be 250,000 km2 (Birdlife International 2011). Although the population size has never been quantified, it is assumed to be stable. In addition, the relatively large size of its range presumably indicates that it is not as vulnerable to extinction as other species of birds (Birdlife International 2011). Thus, the 2010 IUCN Red List status lists the conservation status of Golden-naped Tanager as Least Concern (Birdlife International 2011). Golden-naped Tanager the species is relatively uncommon, however, and sensitive to deforestation. Thus, Parker et al. (1996) classified the species as "medium" in terms of sensitivity, but as "low" in terms of conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.