The IUCN Red List conservation status of Yellow-Crested Tanager is assessed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016). It received this categorization due to its medium estimated range of about 737,000 km2, and although population size has not been quantified, it has been described as 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.
Effects of human activity on populations
Parker et al. (1996) considered Yellow-crested Tanager to have a high degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds. Due to Amazonian deforestation, this species is expected to lose around 7% of suitable habitat over the span of 11 years (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, BirdLife International 2016). Yellow-crested Tanager is known from the following protected areas: Peru: Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (Hilty 2011), Manu National Park (Munn 1985, Fernández and Kirkby 2002, Walker et al. 2006), Bosque de Protección Alto Mayo (Rosas 2003), Cordillera Escalera Regional Conservation Area, Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (eBird 2012); Brazil: Serra do Divisor National Park (Hilty 2011); and Bolivia: Madidi National Park (Hosner et al. 2009). Proposed conservation measures in Bolivia, if followed, is expected to preserve habitat for this species (Remsen and Parker 1995).