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Bia Gunderson
Background information
Feature films Rio
Rio 2
Novelization Rio: Snakes Alive!
Rio 2: The Junior Novel
Video games Matching Game
Voice Amandla Stenberg
Character information
Species Spix's Macaw
Gender Female
Alias Young lady (r. by Eduardo)
Little munchie (r. by Luiz)
Little one (r. by Mimi)
Sweetie (r. by Blu)
Smart girl (r. by Eduardo)
Sis (r. by Carla)
Feather/Hair/ Skin color Cerulean body
Gray beak
Eyes Hazel
Friends Blu (father)
Jewel (mother)
Carla (older sister)
Tiago (younger brother)
Eduardo (grandfather)
Mimi (great-aunt)
Linda Gunderson
Tulio Monteiro
Tiny (babysitter)
Enemies Nigel
Charlie (formerly)
Big Boss
Ssssalbatore (Snakes Alive)
Logging Foreman
Fate Living
Quote "Nice to meet you, sir!"

​Bia​ is the youngest daughter of Blu and Jewel and one of the six tritagonists of Rio 2 (along with Rafael, Nico, and Pedro). She is the second born of the chicks and has a older sister named Carla and a younger brother named Tiago.



Though not named at the time, Bia and her brother and sister are seen at the end of the film, flying, singing, and dancing with their parents, Blu and Jewel. The three chicks also sing a line in the song "Real in Rio".

Rio 2

Bia is first seen helping her brother and sister set up fireworks, showing her calculations in the soil. She is confident that the fireworks will go off to the beat of the music but then doubts her work, saying that she possibly "didn't carry the one". She is briefly annoyed when Tiago snatches the match from her. Blu and Jewel then show up, with Blu telling them it is dangerous for them to play with fireworks while unsupervised. Bia tells her parents that they asked for Tiny's permission, but Blu said that "that was even worse". As Blu's tail catches fire, he repeatedly says "no", leading Bia to say that that is his "27th 'no' today". As the fireworks go off, Bia watches with an expression of awe and wonder.

At breakfast, Bia reads some facts from a pancake recipe, that whole wheat pancakes makes twice the vitamins and minerals of regular pancakes. She cheers alongside Carla when Blu kicks a blueberry onto a pancake and watches excitedly as the news announces the discovery of a wild Spix's macaw found in the Amazon. She is ecstatic when her mother decides that they should go into the Amazon to help find the other macaws, noting that Blu not saying "no" meant that he "practically said yes".

Before embarking on their journey to the Amazon, she informs Blu about snakes that can "swallow you whole" in the Amazon, scaring him with a pop-up snake from her Amazon book. She brings the book with her to the Amazon, enjoying the journey. Bia sees many of the creatures she had read about in her books in real life, one of which is the "Prismatic" butterfly during one of their stops during the journey and is overjoyed with the experience. Once they arrive at the Amazon, Bia remarks on Heliconius larva about to enter its pupa stage. Tiago laughs, thinking she said "poop" instead of "pupa". Bia says it's pupa and calls him a "birdbrain", and chases after him. She and the others are then picked up by some disguised Spix's macaws and deposited in their sanctuary. As Jewel says that they've found the blue macaw tribe, Bia remarks that it technically was the other Spix's macaws that found them.

When she meets her grandfather Eduardo, she says it is nice to meet him, respectfully calling him "sir". Eduardo is delighted and asks her to call him "pop-pop" instead and hugs him with her brother and sister. She also runs away from Mimi, frightened when she tries to hug her and her siblings. Bia dances with her family during "Beautiful Creatures". When Roberto offers the family his nest to stay in, Bia briefly argues with her siblings over who gets the biggest bedroom. Jewel later sings them to sleep with a lullaby.

The next day, after she and other Spix's macaw chicks watch Tiago play a prank on Blu, Bia forcefully gives her father some clay, telling him that "aunt Mimi says it is good for digestion". She then cheers for Blu and Roberto during the soccer match "war", yet displays disappointment when Blu loses the match by accidentally kicking the ball into their own goalpost. However, she soon forgives him. During the fight against the loggers, Bia and Tiago control a tree harvester - Bia providing instructions on how to operate the tree harvester, Tiago manually operates the tree harvester's controls - driving it away from the rainforest. As the loggers flee, Bia, Carla, and Tiago are seen hugging in joy.

As Nigel and Gabi are supposedly dying, Bia suddenly points out that Gabi isn't poisonous. Nigel and Gabi are both surprised, and both stare momentarily at Bia. Bia then states that it is a very common mistake and that Gabi is harmless. She proceeds to imply that you can tell Gabi apart from poisonous frogs because of her pink spots. As Nigel tries to attack Blu, Blu pulls Bia and Tiago close to him in order to defend them, but Gabi drags Nigel away, deliriously happy that she isn't poisonous.

Bia then dances with the tribe and her family during the "Amazon Untamed" performance, enjoying being in her new home in the Amazon rainforest.

Rio: Snakes Alive!

At the beginning of the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel, Bia listens to her father to explain the sanctuary's economic woes. Like her brother and sister, she is excited, rather than scared when Blu describes the wild and follows her family as they go to Luiz for answers. When Luiz describes the legend of the Pedra da Gávea, Bia is excited to go, but disappointed when Blu and Jewel leave her and her siblings in Nico, Pedro, and Rafael's care, claiming that she could have learned much from the trip. Becoming bored as Nico, Pedro, and Rafael attempt to teach them to dance, Bia follows her sister Carla as they escape the sanctuary to go after their parents, under the cover of playing hide-and-seek. When they run across Basil, Bia is interested in his unusual bat species (later shown to actually be undiscovered), and she and Carla console the sad bat while Tiago brings his stick friend Jeffrey back to him. She helps calm the bat by explaining to him that he probably scared Blu more than the opposite. They then follow his lead to the rock. Upon being informed by Nigel of their parents' cave-in accident, Bia and her siblings rush to their location. Bia reads the hieroglyphics on the wall and discovers them to be instructions to a secret door that could free her parents. As Blu and the bat colony discover and try to fight off Ssssalbatore, Bia, her sister, and mother flee. In the final pages, Bia is seen happy to have rescued and been reunited with her parents.


Bia is very intelligent, and the smartest of her siblings. She is polite, well-mannered, kind-hearted, and dreamy. She seems to have a closer relationship with her father than with her mother. Bia doesn't like her possessions being taken away, glaring at Tiago (somewhat amusingly) when he takes her book from her.

Bia loves to learn and is a bit of a know-it-all. She enjoys randomly stating facts, for example, the nutritional information she sees in a recipe book for "wholewheat pancakes" or while examining a Heliconius larva in the jungle. She is also gentle, tame-natured, and very sweet, likewise Blu, but also shares some of Jewel's traits, such as a non-timid attitude, and enjoys thriving in the Amazon. She is shown to be interested in and loves animals, reading about and stating facts about them, and also very detail-oriented.

Bia is smart and resourceful like her father, for instance, always with a book in her talons and quick to spout facts and figures. But when she gets to the Amazon, she is inspired by its awe and wonder. For once, she puts down her books and experiences the colorful life around her. She is also very detail-oriented, an example of which is she says "by my calculations, that's like his 27th "no" today" when Blu runs around to put out the ember on his tail.


Bia is the middle born of her brood (three minutes and 2.5 seconds after Carla, the eldest of the three). She is around the same height as Carla and is noticeably taller than Tiago. She inherits most of her appearance from her mother but, like her brother and sister, possesses her father's beak and talons. Her eyes are hazel-brown, similar to her parents.

She has a combination of Blu and Jewel's feathers. Her "hair" style is similar to Jewel's and Carla's, although it doesn't curl, so the feathers fall straight down the back of her head. Her wings and tail are darker than the rest of her plumage, and she also has dark eyelashes like her mother and sister. Unlike the other members of her family, Bia often points her tail in the air, rather than let it rest on the ground. This gives her an overall "S" shape, with elegant curves. It has been said that she looks similar to what Jewel looked like when she was a hatchling.

She has facial markings that seem to resemble Carla's most of the time, but she actually has Jewel's markings: a band over the top of the beak and around the eyes, but not the same color. Whilst Carla's are darker, Bia's are a lighter shade. Bia has the shortest and smallest wings of the brood.



Bia is closer to her father than she is to her mother. They have a lot in common, both of them being bookworms and smart. Bia loves her father, sharing facts with him, as shown when she tells him about how there are snakes in the Amazon that can swallow a bird whole. Blu even calls her "sweetie" at one point and lets her and Tiago sleep on his back, showing his affection toward her. Bia is the only one of her brood who recites Blu's "birds of blue feathers" creed without looking bored.


Bia loves her mother very much and looks very similar. She is content under Jewel's wing as she watches the New Year fireworks, and enjoys listening to the lullaby Jewel sung to her and her siblings. Jewel wants the best for Bia and wants her to have fun, to experience the world. When Bia is reading about the "Prismatic" butterflies, Jewel gently lowers her book and shows her the real butterflies around them.


Bia is closer to Carla then she is to Tiago — she is seen riding on the same Rhea with Carla, eating breakfast with her, sleeping next to her on the boat ride to the Amazon, and often standing and flying next to her. During "Beautiful Creatures", Bia danced next to Carla before Tiago came between them.


Bia loves her little brother but sometimes finds him annoying. For example, he takes away her book without her permission, and laughs at her use of the word "pupa", leading her to chase him and call him a "pupa bird brain". Although he can get under her skin, she covers him with her wing while they sleep on Blu's back. Both of them prove very efficient when working together, as shown when they both drove a tree harvester away from the trees, with Bia complimenting Tiago on his precision. She also enjoys working together with him to plan some of the chicks' antics, shown during New Year's Eve as she helps plan when to launch the fireworks. She also finds his pranks fun sometimes, giggling as Tiago lowered a spider down toward Blu while he was sleeping.


Bia is ecstatic when she finds out she has a grandfather — she wastes no time in speaking to him for the first time, and, being very polite, calling him "sir". She later calls him "pop-pop" at his request, and dances happily with him.


Bia, along with her brother and sister, was initially frightened of Mimi as she rushed to hug them for the first time. However, they later love her, and Bia then starts to learn from Mimi (an example including the health benefits of clay). Bia is also happy to dance with her.


Bia likes Roberto, eventually calling him "Uncle Beto". She is supportive of him, cheering him on excitedly during the soccer match.


Though it is not shown directly during the movies, Bia has a close relationship with Rafael, whom she regards as an uncle. In the Rio 2 movie, Bia and her siblings are left in Rafael's care by Blu and Jewel, until Rafael hands them to Luiz. The Rio: Snakes Alive! novel is the first time Bia and her siblings are seen addressing Rafael as "uncle" while they run to greet him.


Though it is not shown directly during the movies, Bia also has a close relationship with Nico and Pedro, also referring to them as "uncles". In the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel, the first time they are seen interacting, Nico and Pedro try to cheer up Bia and her siblings as they are told they will be babysat by trying to teach them to dance, which does not interest Bia as much as the adventure her parents went on.


As with Nico, Bia also has a close relationship with her "uncle" Pedro. Pedro tries to cheer up the kids in the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel by assuring them that they "are the party", but his and Nico's joint attempts simply bore the kids.


Bia speculated as Achez in Rio

Bia (right), speculated as Achez, and her family.

It was once speculated that the younger version of Bia shown at the end of Rio (due to her significant difference in appearance) was a different, male chick named Achez, from a different brood of hatchlings. There, Achez was singing "Real in Rio" along with his family. He had brownish-orange eyes and dark blue feathers. This first brood was presumed to leave the nest in Rio 2.

This was later confirmed to be false by director Carlos Saldanha.


  • Bia is approximately 4 years old at the start of Rio 2.
  • Bia is the only one who doesn't appear bored or tired among her siblings when she repeats their family's "birds of blue feathers, have to stay together" slogan.
  • Although she is younger than her sister Carla, she appears to be a few inches taller than her.
  • She is seen holding maracas in the 2013 promotion poster for Rio 2.
  • In another poster, she is seen holding a book and wearing reading glasses.
  • Bia was originally going to be called "Jasmine", but her name was changed to Bia.
  • She draws a calculation in the soil, just like her father does in the first movie.
  • Bia takes on Blu's personality but acquires most of her appearance from Jewel.
  • Bia enjoys watching TV in Linda and Tulio's cottage, along with both of her siblings.
  • Bia gets very annoyed when her brother randomly pops up and tries to annoy her.
  • Bia eats jungle food but also eats human food such as pancakes and soda.
  • Bia is amazed when her mother shows her a flock of pink and yellow butterflies from her book.
  • Bia enjoys riding a Rhea to the Amazon with her sister, Carla.
  • Bia paints her face in "Beautiful Creatures" by taking a leaf over her head, and puts a flower over the leaf to paint her face in a pattern.
  • Bia, and both her siblings, run away from their great-aunt Mimi when she first tries to hug them.
  • Bia is the first of Blu and Jewel's chicks to be named onscreen.
  • Bia was born 3 minutes and 2.5 seconds after Carla, and 3 minutes before Tiago.
  • According to the original Rio 2 plot, Bia was supposed to become too afraid to fly, most likely due to her small appearance. This was later changed, however, to the current plot.
  • "Bia" is a nickname for "Beatriz", the Portuguese version of "Beatrice" and several other similar names.
    • However, she was referred to as "Bianca" on Nestle cereal boxes when Rio 2 was being promoted.
  • Rio 2's ending credits and the family's progress during their journey to the Amazon are presented in the style of Bia's pop-up book.
  • Bia is often seen with a butterfly. Coincidentally, the neotropical genus of butterflies called "Bia" exists in the butterfly family Nymphalidae.
  • Bia's Russian name is  "Умничка" (Umnichka), which means "smart", referring to her personality.
  • Along with Blu and Eva, Bia is the shortest name in Rio's franchises' characters.
  • In Rio: Match 3 Party, Bia incorrectly refers to Brazilian wandering spiders as "poisonous". The correct term would be "venomous".
  • Even though she has a closer relationship with her father who did not thrive until the end, she still thrived in the Amazon the whole time, just like Jewel.


  • Intelligence
    • She's shown to be the smartest of her siblings, just like her father. She's shown to be good at math, loves reading, and draws well.
  • Math
    • She calculated that each firecracker explosion will be in accordance with the beat of the music unless she "didn't carry the one".
  • Reading
    • Reading Portuguese
    • In Rio: Snakes Alive!, it was shown that she can even read hieroglyphics.
    • She is also seen reading a book about the snakes in the Amazon.
  • Drawing
    • She drew her simulation of the fireworks' explosions, which resembles a similarity to Blu's chart when he tried to break the iron chain binding him and Jewel with a heavy rock.
  • Flying
  • Dancing
  • Observative
    • Bia pays extremely close attention to an object or animal's details, successfully identifying a Heliconius larva and Gabi's species.
  • Pyrotechnics
    • Bia helped Carla and Tiago set up fireworks for the New Year celebrations. 
  • Human Intelligence
    • ​Bia can read books and control a tree harvester.
  • Driving
    • Tiago and Bia were shown to be driving a tree harvester during the siege on the loggers in Rio 2.
  • Singing
    • Although she's not seen singing in Rio 2, she sang part of "Real in Rio" as a younger chick in the first movie.


Rio 2

  • "All right, I've done all the calculations and each explosion will be perfectly synced to the beat. Unless... I didn't carry the one."
  • "We asked Tiny."
  • "...have to stay together!"
  • "By my calculations, that's like his 27th 'no' today!"
  • "Did you know, that these whole-wheat pancakes have twice the vitamins and minerals of regular pancakes?"
  • "Goal!!!"
  • "Time to go!"
  • "Mom!"
  • "Which means he practically said yes!"
  • "Hey, Dad, look at this."
  • "Did you know that the Amazon has snakes that can swallow you whole?" 
  • "No, really, look!"
  • "We're almost there, right?"
  • "That's a Heliconius larva!"
  • "It's about to enter the pupa stage!"
  • "It's 'pupa', birdbrain!"
  • "Well, technically, they found us!"
  • "Nice to meet you, sir!"
  • "Only by 3 minutes, 2.5 seconds!"
  • "Hey, Dad, Aunt Mimi says clay is good for your digestion. Try some!"
  • "It's good, right?"
  • "I'll go get some more!"
  • "Cause this is our home!"
  • "Wow, precise!"
  • "That frog is not poisonous."
  • "It's a very common mistake."
  • "But she's just a harmless Pseudo Dendrobates."
  • "You can tell by the pink spots."  

Rio: Snakes Alive!

  • "I can't imagine!"
  • "With Linda, Tulio, and Fernando?"
  • "You're right! All the birds here would lose their homes, too!"
  • "We need to come up with a plan!"
  • "Whoa! You mean something we could ride down like a slide? That sounds totally awesome!!!"
  • *simultaneously with Tiago and Carla* "Can we go?"
  • "Money, that sounds totally awesome too!"
  • "What's money?"
  • "Okay... I guess... but how do we get some?"
  • "So Linda and Tulio don't see us leaving, right Mom?"
  • "Uncle Rafael!"
  • "There'd be so much to learn!"
  • "Dad made the outside sound so exciting!"
  • "I wish we'd gone with them!"
  • "We're almost there!"
  • "A baby bat? And what an unusual species!"
  • "What's wrong, fellah?"
  • "There, there."
  • "You found him! I'm Bia!"
  • "You probably scared him more than he did you!"
  • "Whole family? Because you lost your stick? Uh... how big is your colony?"
  • "Speaking of parents, where are ours?"
  • "Hm... I don't recognize this handiwork, but I can figure it out!"
  • "And I think they say there's a secret door!"
  • "Looks like it."
  • "You have to find a curly-shaped rock."
  • "Just push it!"
  • "Everything okay?"
  • "You saved the sanctuary!"

Rio: Match 3 Party

  • "Whoa! Let's make friends!"
  • "Oh! I was reading and didn't see you!"
  • "Shhh! I'm watching the wildlife!"
  • "We need to come up with a plan!"
  • "Careful! I'm ticklish!"
  • "Did you know that people need nine hugs a day to feel happy?"
  • "Hugs? Are we hugging?"
  • "Let me show you something in the jungle!"
  • "I have calculated how to make the best party!"
  • "Did you see where Tiago took my book?"
  • "Look! It's a Brazilian wandering spider! It's deadly poisonous."


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