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Background information
Feature films Rio
Rio 2
Shorts Nico and Pedro (upcoming series)
Novelization Rio: Snakes Alive!
Video games Multiplayer Game
Matching Game
Voice Jamie Foxx
Character information
Species Yellow Canary
Gender Male
Feather/Hair/ Skin color Yellow body
White chest
Brown wingtips
Brown tail feather tips
Eyes Brown
Friends Pedro
Toucan Kids
Neurotic Bird
Enemies Nigel
Charlie (formerly)
Big Boss (deceased)
Fate Living
Quote "Brazilian ladies respond to confidence."

Nico is a Yellow Canary and Pedro's best friend. He and Pedro meet with Blu when he first came to Rio de Janeiro and gave advice on how to attract Jewel (which did not work). Nico wears a blue-green bottle cap as a hat, which he can also use as a tambourine and a weapon, similar to a frisbee. He also runs a Samba Club with Pedro and Kipo within the marketplace of Rio. He is one of the three tritagonists of Rio and Rio 2, with the other two being Rafael and Pedro.



Nico and Pedro first meet Blu when he arrives in Rio de Janeiro. Upon hearing that he's there to meet a girl, they give him some advice on how to attract her. They then attempt to free Blu from the cage but Blu deters them. They meet again in the marketplace, where Rafael took them to see Luiz. They inform Rafael that Luiz left on a trolley, but that they can catch the next one. Nico and Pedro then take the two blue macaws to a birds' Samba Club. Nico starts to sing "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)" together with Pedro. Suddenly, they are attacked by the marmosets, led by Mauro. During the fight, he and Nico use grapes to hit the monkeys. Kipo, a Roseate Spoonbill, help Blu and Jewel escape from some of the marmosets by grabbing their chain and carrying them to the trolley. When The Marmosets try to stop them by forming a chain and grabbing Blu, Nico throws his bottle cap at the lead marmoset, knocking him off. Eventually, the birds escape onto the trolley and set off to Luiz's garage.

On the way to Luiz's garage, Rafael decides to "set the mood" for Blu to confess his love for Jewel. Nico tells Pedro to "follow [his] lead" after Pedro sings "Drop it Low". Nico starts to sing "Fly Love" while Pedro plays the trolley's cable strings like a guitar, while Rafael knocks cherry blossoms off the trees. Blu ruins the moment by saying the wrong things and being choked by a flower petal getting stuck in his throat. Watching this, Pedro gets Nico to stop singing, and Nico imitates a falling bomb, as they see Jewel giving Blu the Heimlich maneuver to save him.

The group meets with Luiz, who shockingly scares Nico and Pedro, who turns out to be a bulldog, and he tries to break the chain by using a table saw. After a series of chaotic events, Blu and Jewel are released when Luiz's drool lubricates the chain. Nico, Jewel, Rafael, and Pedro fly off together, leaving Blu depressed. After Blu decides to go back to Linda instead of staying with Jewel, he gets into an argument with Jewel, culminating in Blu saying that he hates samba, which makes Nico cry. Hardly believing that Blu said that out loud, he begs Pedro, "Make the mean bird (Blu) take it back!" When Jewel flies off, Nico and Pedro follow, witnessing her being captured by Nigel. Together with Blu and Rafael, they go to the Carnival parade to look for her and they find her in a poorly decorated chicken float. Nigel catches them all, including Rafael.

While in The Smugglers' plane, Blu manages to escape from his cage and helps Jewel escape from her cage to be able to free the other birds too. After breaking out all of the birds, Blu opens the plane's hatch, which lets them escape to freedom.

Nico and Pedro make their final appearance in the film during the "Real in Rio" reprise.

Rio 2

Nico and Pedro are briefly seen at the beginning of the movie encouraging Blu to sing along during the new year's celebrations. Nico also sings a little, and Pedro raps. Later, Nico and Pedro are on the hunt for new musical artists. Carnival is just around the corner, and the birds need a new group of musicians to put on the biggest show on Earth. When Nico hears Blu is heading to the Amazon, he, Pedro, and Luiz warn him of the myriad dangers that could lie ahead in the wild, having their doubts about Blu being up to the rigors of the expedition.

Then Nico and Pedro decide to join the trip to scout new talent for the upcoming Carnival. Their adventure becomes a South American Idol of sorts as these city birds audition a bevy of unique new animals (some with talent, some without), all who exhibit a wild jungle flair.

They next appear with Rafael, judging Eva's Carnival audition. When Rafael says they'll find the perfect spot for her in the show, Nico adds "Antarctica, maybe" under his breath. Blu then arrives with the news that he and his family are going to the Amazon. Nico and the others tell him of the dangers to be found there, with Nico talking of "giant snakes that can swallow ya whole". Nico and Pedro later decide to join them, seeking to find new talents in the jungle.

After discovering the blue macaw tribe in the jungle, Nico and Pedro cry upon seeing Eduardo hug Blu. Following their taking part in "Beautiful Creatures", Nico declares himself inspired, intending to bring some of the tribe back to Rio. His plans are curtailed when Eduardo tells him that none of the tribe are allowed to leave the jungle. He also takes Nico's bottle cap hat, telling him that no human items are allowed. Nico reacts with shock, saying that he feels "naked", and desperately tries to find a replacement (eventually settling for a hat made of straw).

The next morning, Carla wakes Nico, Pedro, and Rafael up, having organized some Carnival auditions from the jungle's inhabitants. After several dull performances, Nigel accidentally goes onstage disguised. He goes along with the idea of an audition, performing a song that impresses them.

Later on, they hear Blu's worries about Jewel, and Nico advises him to try and see the jungle through her eyes and taste what she's tasting.

During the battle against the loggers, Nico, along with Pedro, Rafael, and Carla, drop a pair of turtles onto the loggers' heads. Later, Nico sings during the "Amazon Untamed" show, alongside Pedro and Carla. During the performance, Eduardo returns Nico's bottle cap hat, much to his joy.

Rio: Snakes Alive!

Nico, Pedro, and Rafael make a short appearance during Rio: Snakes Alive! when Blu and Jewel decide to leave the kids in their care while they go to the Pedra da Gávea. Nico assures the kids that they will have fun, then attempt to teach them to dance, which the kids are uninterested in. Carla tricks them into playing hide-and-seek while she and her siblings escape after their parents. Nico, Pedro, and Rafael spend the rest of the novel uselessly attempting to find the escaped birds, which leaves them all exhausted.


Nico is a small and slender Yellow Canary. He has yellow feathers with a white chest, white underwings, and brown-tipped wings and tail. His eye color is brown and he has a bright orange beak and legs. He wears a bottle cap as a hat, with green and blue curvy wide lines, representing the streets of Copacabana.


Nico is very much like Pedro: a nice, friendly, sociable, and outgoing type of bird. He's very brotherly when it comes to his best friend Pedro. He loves music, partying, dancing, and likes to samba as much as Pedro, but he is shown to be sensitive about it since he gets upset when somebody says they hate samba; Blu said so before and it made Nico cry. 

Nico loves life in Rio and the Amazon, yet when they were first in the Amazon jungle, Nico, alongside Rafael, Blu, and Pedro, was shown to be rather nervous in the unfamiliar surroundings. He is confident, loves being the center of attention, and loves being in the spotlight. He likes to help whoever he can and is a supportive kind of bird who likes giving advice and loves to live life how he wants to and to the fullest.



Nico and Pedro are best friends. They act like brothers and show a lot of brotherly affection throughout the films. They are always seen together and they also love to sing and dance with each other. He and Pedro both give Blu advice on how to get "the girls". When Blu made Nico cry, he cried on Pedro's shoulder, which also shows that Nico trusts Pedro a lot. Nico is the singer while Pedro is the rapper, making for an effective music duo.


Nico is good friends with Blu. Since Blu is new to Rio, Nico shows Blu how to "samba" or party. He also gives Blu advice on how to get a girl by telling him to "make the first move" because "Brazilian ladies respond to confidence." Nico also tries to "set the mood" for Blu and Jewel. Nico cries when Blu said that he hated samba, although he forgives Blu suddenly which is proven as he and Pedro go out to get Jewel to bring her back to Blu. In the sequel, he gives Blu advice when he fears he may be losing Jewel to the call of the wild and gives advice along with Pedro and Rafael.


Nico and Jewel are good friends but rarely talk with each other (Jewel ignores him and Pedro most of the time). Although Nico agrees with Pedro that Jewel is attractive, he doesn't seem to have any romantic feelings for her. After Blu and Jewel get into a fight, Nico and Pedro go after Jewel to try and get her to come back to Blu, only to see Jewel get taken by Nigel.


Nico and Rafael have known each other for quite some time. Rafael refers to Nico and Pedro as "family" and Nico calls Rafael "The King of Carnival".


Nico is afraid of Nigel, after seeing him take Jewel. Pedro was ready to go after Jewel and Nigel. But Nico said, "Did you see the talons on that guy?" Obviously proving that he didn't want to mess with Nigel, they flew for their lives. When Nico and Pedro go to tell Blu that Nigel has Jewel, Pedro says, "...I saw this big cockatoo!" and Nico then says, "With big ninja talons! And he was like, 'You're coming with me, you little princess!'" with a scared look on his face.


Nico is good friends with Luiz, though, during the attempt to rescue Jewel, Nico gets a face full of the bulldog's drool. In Rio 2, he joins a conversation with Luiz, Pedro, Blu, and Rafael about the Amazon.

Bia, Carla, and Tiago

Although his interactions with Bia and Tiago aren't shown very often, the kids have a close relationship with him and Pedro (Rafael as well), calling them all uncles in the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel. Out of the three, Carla seems to hold Nico and Pedro in the highest regard, changing her mind about not going to the Amazon when she learns they are going. She also assists them in scouting for talent once they get there.


Addressed as "city boys" by Jewel's father, Nico and Pedro are allowed to be in the jungle. However, Eduardo tells Nico and Pedro that they can't take any of the tribe out of the jungle. Eduardo also takes Nico's bottle cap hat away, as the item is human. After the loggers are driven off, Nico, Pedro, and Eduardo (along with Mimi, Rafael, Carla, Bia, and Tiago) do a victory cheer together. At the end of the movie, Eduardo (who is now wearing a fanny pack, just like Blu) gives Nico his bottle cap hat back.


  • Speaking Portuguese
  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Flying
  • Acting
  • Playing random objects as musical instruments
  • Teaching
  • Advising
  • Samba
  • Using his bottle cap as a tambourine
  • Sometimes using his bottle cap as a weapon like a flying disc


  • Nico is a Yellow Canary who wears a bottle cap for a hat.
  • Nico is voiced by Jamie Foxx.
  • Nico uses his bottle cap both as a tambourine (shown in the Samba Club), and as a weapon (shown during the fight with the marmosets).
  • Even though Nico and Pedro are not in Angry Birds Rio, they still appear as merchandise for the game (in the form of plush toys).
  • The design on his bottle cap is that of Copacabana's pavement.
  • In Rio 2, Eduardo takes his bottle cap hat from him. And so he begins trying on replacements made out of leaves, flowers, and other things from the jungle. He wears a straw hat for most of the remainder of the film but briefly dons a flower hat during the "Amazon Untamed" performance until he has his bottle cap hat returned to him.



  • "E ai, tudo bom?" ("Hey, how are you?")
  • "Little word of advice, you make the first move, Brazilian ladies respond to confidence."
  • "Funny, you don't look like one."
  • "Ah well, suit yourself!"
  • "Bem-vindo!" ("Welcome!")
  • "If it isn't The King of Carnival!"
  • "You call that popping?"
  • "Now that's popping!"
  • "I think our love lesson went down smooth."
  • "Baby got beak!"
  • "Take that, you funky monkey!"
  • "You guys were like fire and ice."
  • "Yep, that's your boy, all right."
  • "Pedro, Pedro, a little too aggressive."
  • "Not hatin' on your creativity, but I think I got this one, Follow my lead."
  • "What are we standing around for? It's Carnival!"
  • "I think he means us."
  • "Hey, birds, stop yappin' and start flappin'! Let's go!"
  • "Make the mean bird take it back!"
  • "Welcome to paradise!"
  • "Wait up!"
  • "Jewel!"
  • "Did you see the talons on that guy?!"
  • "Hey, dog, I'm drowning back here."
  • "With big ninja talons."
  • "And then Jewel was there, and then he snatched Jewel up!, And then he was like, 'You're coming with me, you little princess!'"
  • "Man, we thought you were dead!"
  • "All right, everyone, listen up!"
  • "Rafi has some special guests from out of town, and let's show them some love, I don't think they get out much."
  • "Party in the Ipanema, baby!"
  • "Relax, baby bird, you can catch the next one."
  • "So, are you here for Carnival?"
  • "Oh, a girl!"
  • "But first we got to bust you out!"

Rio 2

  • "Antarctica, maybe?"
  • "Blu?"
  • "Yeah, and you're more of a mumbler-shuffler, you catch my drift?"
  • "We had it all."
  • "You did what?!"
  • "But musician early."
  • "It's a happy moment and I'm very vulnerable right now..."
  • "Dude, you just got dissed."
  • "We could bring these macaws back to Rio and have the best Carnival show ever!"
  • "I am inspired!"
  • "Amazon jungle or bust, baby!"
  • "It's our inspiration for this year's Carnival show."
  • "Amazon... untamed."
  • "I don't like this...!"
  • "I feel naked."
  • "Snakes can swallow you whole!"
  • "Now that's the kind of energy you bring to an audition!"
  • "We'll see you at the performance tomorrow night!"
  • "Try to see this place through her eyes!"
  • "Taste the flavors she's tasting!"

Rio: Snakes Alive!

  • "Chillax, baby birds!"
  • "Whoa! If this were the festival, they'd mistake you for a bonfire!"
  • "More fun than movin' to a groove?"
  • "Get off your toucan-can and help, Rafael!"
  • "Jeez, these kids are good at hiding!"
  • "Please come out!"

Rio: Match 3 Party

  • "Glad you're here to help!"
  • "We hugging it out now? Oh. Okay!"
  • "Let me give your hand a squeeze!"
  • "We should practice our dancing before the party!"
  • "Nico here, at your service!"
  • "I'm so ready for this party!"
  • "You joining the party?"
  • "There are definitely some sparks here!"
  • "Is it party time yet?"

Rio 2: The Junior Novel

  • "Ama-What?"


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