The conservation status of the Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer has been listed by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016). It received this categorization due to its large estimated range, about 70,100 km2, and, although population size has not been quantified, it has been described as fairly common and there is no evidence of population declines or major threats. Parker et al. (1996) considered this species of “low” conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.
Effects of human activity on populations
Kessler and Herzog (1998) assessed the effect of timberline forest destruction on certain bird species that lived either in the timberline ecotone or the interior of the elfin forest. Their results indicated that most of the ecotone species have greatly reduced populations following forest destruction. However, certain species, including D. carbonaria, also occupy man-made edge habitats and thus, may benefit from human alteration of the elfin forest (Kessler and Herzog 1998). Parker et al. (1996) considered the Gray-bellied Flowerpiercer to have a “low” degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds.