The conservation status of the Masked Cardinal has been listed by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2015). It received this categorization due to its large estimated range of 369,000 km2; however, the population size has yet to be quantified. It is described to be 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.