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Background information
Feature films Rio
Rio 2
Novelization Rio: Snakes Alive!
Video games Multiplayer Game
Matching Game
Character information
Species Red-crested Cardinal
Gender Male
Alias Capoeira king-a
Hot wing-a
Samba mast-a (All self-given)
Feather/Hair/ Skin color Gray body
White chest
Red head
Eyes Brown
Friends Nico
Neurotic Bird
Enemies Nigel
Charlie (formerly)
Big Boss (deceased)
Fate Living
Quote "Yeah! I'ma pop that cage open like a soda can!"

Pedro is one of two major characters (alongside Nico) of the Rio franchise. He's an obese Red-crested Cardinal and is also the best friend of Nico. He befriends Blu and Jewel and is one of the three tritagonists (the other one being Rafael and Nico) of Rio, and one of the three tritagonists of Rio 2, the other two being Rafael and Nico. He, Nico, and Kipo share a Samba Club together in the marketplace of Rio de Janeiro.



Pedro and Nico meet and befriend Blu when he first arrives in Rio de Janeiro. They give Blu advice on how to attract Brazilian ladies. Pedro then tries fruitlessly to bust Blu out of his "robust" cage, without success.

Pedro, Nico, and Blu meet again in a marketplace where Rafael takes Blu and Jewel to see Luiz, where they inform the trio that Luiz has gone back to catch a trolley to his garage. As they meet in the marketplace, Pedro teases Blu about Jewel, believing that his and Nico's advice worked. Pedro and Nico then lead Blu and Jewel to the Samba Club. Once inside, Pedro and Nico begin to sing "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)." After the song, the birds are attacked by the marmosets, who were hired by Nigel. After Pedro kicks off the fight by yelling "BIRDS VS. MONKEYS!", he and Nico use grapes to hit the marmosets, eventually allowing themselves, Blu, Jewel, and Rafael to escape onto a trolley (actually, Kipo gives them a lift there, but Pedro, Nico, and Rafael follow them eventually), where they set off to Luiz's garage.

On the way, Rafael decides to "set the mood" for Blu to confess his love for Jewel. Pedro tries to set the mood with a rap called "Drop It Low", but Nico, being the emotional singer, stops Pedro, and proceeds to sing a mood-setting song entitled "Fly Love" while Pedro plays the trolley's cable strings like a guitar. Throughout the song, Blu blows up the moment by saying all the wrong things, which leads him to be choked by a flower petal. Noticing this, Pedro stops Nico from singing.

The group meets with Luiz, who turns out to be a bulldog. Luiz tries to break the chain by using a table saw. Everything goes wrong, but in the end, Blu and Jewel are freed from their chains, all thanks to Luiz's drool, which lubricates the chains. After Blu and Jewel have an argument because Rafael tells them to be completely honest with each other, culminating in Blu saying that he hates samba, Nico cries. Pedro comforts his friend, telling Blu, "That's a little too far". Nico hardly believes that Blu said it out loud. While crying, he tells Pedro, "Make the mean bird take it back!" After Blu and Jewel part ways, Rafael gives orders to Pedro and Nico to go after Jewel while he himself follows Blu.

Nico and Pedro follow Jewel and witness her being captured by Nigel. They later report back to Blu and Rafael, telling them what had happened. Soon after, the group goes to the Carnival parade to look for Jewel. Luckily, they find her in a "weird chicken float", which is in reality the Smugglers' Float. However, Nigel manages to capture all of them.

Later, while in The Smugglers' plane's cargo hold, Blu manages to escape from his cage. He then frees Jewel, who helps him free the remaining birds. Blu then opens the plane's hatch, which leads to the escape of all the birds who have been captured by the smugglers. At that point, Pedro shouts "FREEDOM!" as all the birds fly away.

Later, during the "Real in Rio" song, Pedro is shown celebrating in the Blu Bird Sanctuary, created by Linda and Tulio.

Rio 2

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 Pedro hears Blu is headed to the Amazon; he, Nico, and Luiz warn him of the myriad dangers that could lie ahead in the wild, they have 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.

Pedro is an ideal judge of musical talent. "He has this quirky, cool, and unique eye for superstars. We have a lot in common when it comes to that", says with a smile.

Pedro is first seen with Nico, singing during the new year's celebrations. At the beginning of "What Is Love", Pedro rapped "This is a crazy party...".  They next appear with Rafael, judging Eva's Carnival audition. When Rafael says she hit every note, Pedro adds "Along with a buncha notes I never heard of...". Blu then arrives with the news that he and his family are going to the Amazon. Pedro and the others tell him of the dangers to be found there, with Pedro talking of "mosquitoes that suck your blood like slurpies". Afterward, he voices his belief that Blu will die out there. Nico and Pedro later decide to join them, seeking to find new talent in the jungle.

After discovering the blue macaw tribe in the jungle, Pedro and Nico cry upon seeing Eduardo hug Blu. Following their taking part in "Beautiful Creatures", they intend to bring some of the tribe back to Rio for the Carnival show. Those plans are curtailed when Eduardo tells him that none of the members of the tribe are allowed to leave the jungle. He also takes Nico's bottlecap hat, telling him that no human items are allowed. Pedro later helps Nico find a replacement, bemoaning their misfortune at the same time.

The next morning, Carla wakes Pedro, Nico, and Rafael up, having organized some Carnival auditions from the jungle's inhabitants. After several lackluster performances, a disguised Nigel accidentally arrives. 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 Pedro advises him to "bird up" and "emancipate" himself from domestication. He acts repulsed when Blu asks if he should eat a bug.

During the battle against the loggers, Pedro, along with Nico, Rafael, and Carla, drop a pair of turtles onto the loggers' heads. They then witness Nigel and Gabi's "death", applauding at what they think is a marvelous performance. Pedro later sings "Batucada Familia", alongside Nico and Carla during the "Amazon Untamed" show.

Rio: Snakes Alive!

Nico, Pedro, and Rafael make a short appearance during the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel when Blu and Jewel decide to leave their kids in their care while they travel to the Pedra de Gavea. Nico and Pedro reassure the disappointed kids as Pedro tells them that they "are the party." Nico, Pedro, and Rafael then attempt to teach the kids to dance, which they aren't interested in. In order to sneak off, Carla tells Pedro that they can have more fun (which he believes is impossible, claiming there's nothing funnier than "busting a groove") by playing hide-and-seek. Pedro agrees, claiming "What could go wrong?" Nico, Pedro, and Rafael then spend the rest of the novel attempting to uselessly find the already-gone kids.


Pedro is an obese, Red-crested Cardinal, who has dark grey feathers, white neck/nape & underside, a redhead with crest hair & upper chest which forms an upside-down triangle, silver-grey bill, and dark legs.


Like Nico, Pedro is a handsome, nice, outgoing type of bird. He's very brotherly when it comes to his best friend Nico. A master when it comes to music, he loves to party and likes to samba. He can be a bit dim at times when Blu told Nigel he had "three of the toughest, meanest, craziest birds in all of Rio" right behind him, Pedro (unaware Blu meant him, Nico and Rafael) thought he was talking about some other birds. Nevertheless, he's a bird with plenty of spunk and an awesome sense of adventure.



Pedro and Nico are the best of friends and they are always looking out for each other. They also share a hobby of singing and dancing to samba music. In Rio, they were fighting the marmosets together, which shows that they do look out for each other. The two share a close friendship with each other and are never seen apart during both movies. They also own a Samba Club together.


Pedro has a lot of respect for Blu after they first met on top of Blu's portable cage and after giving him the advice to attract Jewel. Pedro was a bit surprised when Blu said he hated samba, but he quickly forgot that and helped him rescue Jewel. In the sequel, he and Pedro give Blu advice when he starts to worry about losing Jewel to the call of the wild.


Nothing special is seen between Pedro and Jewel, other than Pedro agreeing with Nico about Jewel's appealing figure. They seem to get along well.


Pedro was friends with Luiz before he ever met Blu or Jewel, so in the case given, he never really disliked Luiz. But when Luiz did a prank attack by jumping out and chasing the birds, they flew away as if they had never met him.


Pedro, Nico, and Rafael have always been great friends, Rafael refers to Nico and Pedro as "family." It seems like Pedro knows Rafael from the old days since they have nicknames for each other such as Rafi to Rafael (As seen in the Samba Club).

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 Nico (Rafael as well), calling them all uncles in the Rio: Snakes Alive! novel. Out of the three, Carla seems to hold Pedro (and Nico) in the highest regard, changing her mind about not going to the Amazon when she learns he and Nico 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 bottlecap 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 bottlecap hat back.


  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Flying
  • Rapping
  • Acting
  • Teaching
  • Advising
  • Samba
  • Beatboxing


  • Pedro is a Red-crested Cardinal.
  • Pedro is voiced by a member of the music group the Black Eyed Peas. This is referred to in the film itself when Pedro sings "Drop It Low", one of's songs.
  • Even though Nico and Pedro are not in Angry Birds Rio, they still appear as merchandise for the game (specifically, as plush toys).
  • One of his lines ("BIRDS VS. MONKEYS!") is a reference to Angry Birds Rio.
  • In one of the posters Pedro is holding maracas, but in the movie, he is not seen using them.
  • Nico and Pedro aren't friends with The Flock because they haven't met each other.
  • He calls Mauro, the leader of the monkeys, "Little King Kong".
  • He is another character who was voiced by a singer. The other being Roberto by Bruno Mars.



  • "Hey, Nico, he's a tourist."
  • "Except you got pigeon doo-doo on your nose."
  • "I'mma pop that cage open like a soda can!"
  • "This thing's robust!"
  • "You work fast."
  • Pedro: "You was locked up and now you rollin' with a hot wing!"
  • "Man, I wanna be like you."
  • "Keep it spicy."
  • "Hey, that's a little too far!"
  • "Yeah, it's all about swagger!"
  • "You gotta pump out that chest, swing that tail, eyes narrow, like some kind of crazy lovehawk." *hawk squawk*
  • "Hold up... rewind."
  • "Ain't that the bird from the cage?"
  • "Where you been hidin' yourself, bird?"
  • "Yeah, I seen him, but you didn't 'cause you just missed him."
  • "He took the trolley back to the garage."
  • "Come on, this ain't the level, the next level's the level!"
  • "You gotta shake your tail feathers."
  • "Ain't nobody messes with a friend of Pedro."
  • "I ain't havin' it! It's on!"
  • "Hey, get back here!"
  • "Talons? Maybe it's on... next time."
  • "Yeah, little King Kong!"
  • "Birds vs. monkeys!"
  • "Yippe kai yay, monkey man!"
  • "That's what I'm talking about!"
  • "You hear that guys, we're saved!"
  • "I was flying and then I saw this big cockatoo!"
  • "This cockatoo was ugly!"
  • "He got Jewel, man! And he's taking her to the parade!"
  • "She's on some like weird chicken float."
  • "Hey, Mr. Big-nose, wait up!"
  • "I know how to set the mood, check it out."
  • "Getta getta getta getta getta girl get-get-getta girl! Take her, take her to the floor, show her, show her, how you roll! Drop it, drop it, drop it low. D-drop it low."
  • Pedro: "It's time to take it to the next level."

Rio 2

  • Pedro: "It's poppin' in the Amazon."
  • Pedro: "You know what 'pop' is backwards? 'Pop!'"
  • Pedro: "Come on, who's better than us?"
  • Pedro: "Congratulations, Janelle."
  • Pedro: "'We'? What you talkin' 'bout 'we'? You speak French?"
  • Pedro: "So that's what a blue macaw's s'pose to look like?"
  • Pedro: "We could have been legends."
  • Pedro: "I mean we already are super-mega-dope, but, you know what I'm saying?"
  • Pedro: "Yeah, yeah, (murmurs) along with a bunch of notes I've never heard of..."
  • Pedro: "Blu?"
  • Pedro: "Listen Blu, we are looking for a singer, a dancer, the whole package!"
  • Pedro: "They got mosquitos that suck your blood."
  • Pedro: "Dawg, he ain't comin' back. He is de-e-e-e-ad."
  • Pedro: "Who's ready for a tropical adventure?!"
  • Pedro: "Clock late."
  • Pedro: "Come here, let me give you a hug."
  • Pedro: "We need something that can make us wiggle."
  • Pedro: "Something that'll make us jiggle."
  • Pedro: "We gonna scout the wildest, coolest talent in the jungle!"
  • Pedro: "My feathers is poppin' up on the back of my neck..."
  • Pedro: "Let's back it up. Beep...beep...beep..."
  • Pedro: "Show us what you got."
  • Pedro: "That's the end?"
  • Pedro: "This is untapped territory."
  • Pedro: "We need something that pops."
  • Pedro: "Woah, lets back it up beep...beep."
  • Pedro: "Woah, what's his problem?"
  • Pedro: "Woah, little bird's been busy!"
  • Pedro: "We wouldn't miss it for the world."
  • Pedro: "Hold up, that ain't Bob."
  • Pedro: "If they keep eating each other we got no act."
  • Pedro: "Copy that."
  • Pedro: "That girl put the 'business' in 'show business'!"
  • Pedro: "You gotta bird up dude!"
  • Pedro: "Emancipate yourself from domestication!"
  • Pedro: "Like, the website?"
  • Pedro: "If they keep eating each other, we got no show!"
  • Pedro: "This ain't an all-you-can-eat competition!"
  • Pedro: "Boom. That's it. You in."

Rio: Snakes Alive!

  • Pedro: "We are the party!"
  • Pedro: "Shake those tail feathers, Rafael!"
  • Pedro: "It's not possible, but what have you got?"
  • Pedro: "Sure! What could go wrong?"
  • Pedro: "Bia! Carla! Tiago! Come on out!"
  • Pedro: "Come out, come out wherever you are!"
  • Pedro: "Pretty please!"

Rio: Match 3 Party

  • "Here in Rio we hug to show our love!"
  • "You ready to get this party popping?"
  • "I know you ain't scared of some work!"
  • "You have a good time, okay?"
  • "Give me a whistle and I'll be here!"
  • "Yo! My favorite human has arrived!"
  • "Let's show everyone how to party!"
  • "Aww, yeah. High five!"
  • "Woah! Your touch is electrifying!"
  • "Flap those wings, shake those legs, and wag that tail!"


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