Yellow-breasted Antpitta is considered of Least Concern by BirdLife International (2014). It is, however, a range-restricted species endemic to the Chocó region of northwestern South America. Due to its apparent intolerance of habitat disturbance, Krabbe and Schulenberg (2003) suggested that it may merit Near Threatened status. Yellow-breasted Antpitta was considered Endangered in Ecuador by Granizo et al. (2002), but its national status was revised to Vulnerable by Freile et al. (2010), who also suggested that its global status be changed to Near Threatened.