The Little Tinamou is not threatened globally, with an IUCN Red List conservation status rating of Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011). Their global population trends have not been evaluated but are believed to be in good condition. In Mexico it is classified as subject to special protection. The main threat faced by these birds is habitat destruction; however, today many populations are within natural protected areas where the impact can be reduced. There is a need for monitoring to determine the status of populations.