Stotz et al. (1996) rate the research priority of the Speckled Tanager as Low. While Skutch (1954) did much to clarify many reproductive aspects of the Speckled Tanager, there still is very little known regarding populations and demography of the species. While many maintain that the small conspecific groups in which these birds are often found are comprised of parents and offspring, this has not been tested empirically. Recent phylogenetic work has determined the systematics of Tangara guttata and related species (Sedano and Burns 2010), but genetic work on the population level could elucidate the level of gene flow that corresponds with the geographically disjunct populations of Costa Rica, the north central Andes, and Trinidad.