The population estimate of white-tailed swallows in 2003 was less than 10,000 individuals. However, data on this is poor and surveys which have been carried out give conflicting results (3).
In 1985, an area of around 2,500 square kilometres in the Yabelllo Valley was designated as a sanctuary to protect the white-tailed swallow and the Ethiopian bush-crow (3). However, as yet, there is no active management in the sanctuary (2) (3). Recent changes have now put the Regional Government in charge of protected areas, and it is hoped that plans will be put in place to initiate conservation management of the sanctuary (3).
Future conservation plans are focusing on research to understand the ecology, habitat requirements and range restrictions of the white-tailed swallow (2). The rates of Acacia clearance are to be monitored, and it is hoped that the area of suitable habitat for the white-tailed swallow will be increased (3).