The buff-breasted tody-tyrant is yet another casualty of the extensive deforestation taking place in Brazil. It was estimated in 2010 that between 2,500 and 9,000 individuals remained, but there could be as few as 1,000 (2), and numbers are believed to be declining (2).
Much of the forest habitat was originally cleared for growing ‘sun’ coffee in the early 1970s and more recently for sugar cane (4). The remaining forest is threatened by residential and commercial development, logging for firewood, and fires (2) (4).
Climate change also poses a long-term threat to the buff-breasted tody-tyrant, as it is likely to alter its habitat (2) (8).