Across its range and across all populations, the Short-tailed Finch is not considered to be globally threatened but is currently listed as a species of ‘Least Concern’ by Birdlife International (2008). Although the global population size of Short-tailed Finch has not been estimated, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for the IUCN threatened population size criterion (BirdLife International 2008). Parker et al. (1996) list the species as ‘Low Conservation Priority’. Currently the Short-tailed Finch is known to occur in just one protected of area - the community reserve of Mantanay, Cordillera Vilcanota, southern Peru (Lloyd and Marsden 2008).