The conservation status of the Yellow-winged Tanager has been listed by the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2011). It received this categorization due to its large estimated range, about 584,000 km2, and relatively stable population size, an estimated 50,000-4,999,999 individuals. Their range encompasses numerous protected areas in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and possibly Nicaragua. They face no serious near-term threats and have actually benefitted from and adapted to human settlement and partial deforestation (Hilty 2011). Parker et al. (1996) considered this species of "low" conservation priority relative to other Neotropical birds.