The IUCN Red List status of Short-crested Coquette is Critically Endangered due its highly restricted distribution and small population size (a distribution of only 50 km2 and a population estimated at 250-999 individuals; BirdLife International 2014). It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). It is also is considered a species at greatest risk of extinction by Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49% of the population of Short-crested Coquette has been lost in Mexico during the last century.