The conservation status of the Palm Tanager is reported by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2014). Its distribution size is 12,200,000 km2,but the global population size of Palm Tanagers has not been quantified. Parker et al. (1996) describes this species common within its range and considers this species“low” conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.
Effects of human activity on populations
Parker et al. (1996) considers the Palm Tanager to have “low sensitivity” to human activity. While populations seem stable, it is projected that the Palm Tanager will lose between 15% - 18% of suitable habitat over the course of 12 years due to deforestation. As a result, the species is suspected to decline a little under 25% in the projected 12 years (BirdLife International 2014). However, the Palm Tanager is no stranger to human-altered environments. It can readily adapt and often occurs in close proximity to human settlement, although it is less prominent than the Blue-gray Tanager (Hilty 2011).