Populations of this species may fluctuate locally. In Chiapas Pink-headed Warbler is considered rare, but there are variation among localities. For example, in the community of Chiquihuite, in the Tacaná Volcano, Cardellina versicolor had the highest abundance with 182 individuals, contrary to the locality of El Águila also in the Tacaná Volcano with 47 individuals (Martínez Vergara 2009). In Guatemala the species is common in pine forests at an elevation of 2300 m, but is less common in cloud forests (Eisermann and Avendaño 2007). Eisermann (1999) estimated a density of 0.25 individuals in cloud forests at an altitude of 2000-2500 m in Guatemala. In the mountain forests of Chiapas the records and estimates of relative abundance were in the Huitepec Ecological Reserve 0.12 individuals per km, and in the Tacaná Volcano Biosphere Reserve the estimates were 3.7 individuals per km (unpublished data 2011).