L1 users: 610 (2007 SIL), decreasing. Ethnic population: 2,410 (2001 census).
8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).
The Carutana dialect is extinct. Related to Curripaco [kpc]. Groups on middle Içana and Ayarí rivers speak Baniwa: Hohodené, Kadaupuritana, Sucuriyu-Tapuya, Siusy-Tapuya, Irá-Tapuya, Kawá-Tapuya, Waliperedakenai (Ribeiro 1967).
Low vitality. Most also use Spanish [spa].
Latin script [Latn].