In general, puffbird populations must be declining throughout South and Central America simply because the area of standing forest is shrinking, although any species with a real predilection for edge habitats might be faring rather better. The swallow-winged puffbird has probably increased in numbers with the opening up of Amazonian forests by man. No species is currently considered threatened, and only the sooty-capped puffbird (Nystactes noanamae) is classified as Near Threatened. This species is confined to the Choco Endemic Bird Area in western Colombia, where it is generally uncommon. Recent
records come from very few sites, although much of its potential range awaits thorough exploration.
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