After being let into Tulio's aviary by Nigel, Fernando captures Blu and Jewel and brings them to Marcel. He is only paid half of what he was promised, and later overhears that the smugglers don't care about what happens to their captives. This starts to make Fernando feel guilty. After leaving the smugglers' hideout, he climbs onto a rooftop (presumably a makeshift home). Feeling an itch on his back, he pulls out a blue feather, and feels even more guilty.
When Fernando sees a "lost" poster of Blu the next morning, his guilt finally gets to him about taking Blu and Jewel, and he goes back to the aviary, telling Linda and Tulio that he knows where Blu and Jewel are.
When they reach the smugglers' hideout and discover the birds are already gone, Fernando admits his part in stealing Blu and Jewel. While Linda and Tulio hide, Fernando manages to learn the smugglers' plan: to use the Carnival parade as a means of escaping with their birds. While Fernando goes with the smugglers, Linda and Tulio also go to infiltrate Carnival.
When Blu and Jewel are recaptured, Fernando attempts to free them, but is caught out by Nigel and Marcel. Marcel drags Fernando away, but he manages to escape after he bites Marcel's hand. Tulio and Linda arrive too late to stop the smugglers from leaving the airstrip, and all three think they have failed. However, some time later, Fernando spots Blu returning with an injured Jewel.
After Jewel's wing is healed, and she and Blu are released into the wild, Fernando is shown to be a volunteer at the Blu Bird Sanctuary along with Linda and Tulio.
Over the end credits, several photos show that Fernando, Linda and Tulio have come together as a family of sorts, and Linda and Tulio later adopt him. He is even on a three seat bicycle with Linda and Tulio. He even opened a new bookstore along with Linda and Tulio, called Livraria Blu.
He makes a very brief appearance at the beginning of the film. Now older (16 years old, according to the Junior Novel and The Art of Rio: Featuring a Carnival of Art From Rio and Rio 2), he takes care of the Blu Bird Sanctuary while his adoptive parents go out to the Amazon to do research on the avian fauna. He is briefly seen calling out a greeting to Jewel, who squawks in reply.
Fernando makes a brief appearance in the graphic novel. He is seen in the Blu Bird Sanctuary, playing a handheld game console while Linda gives Blu some waffles.
Fernando is 12-years-old in the first movie, and 16-years-old in the second movie. He is a Brazilian boy, who has tan skin, black hair and hazel colored eyes. He wears a yellow tank top with green outlines and a number 10 on the chest.
Fernando is a kind-hearted boy. He was only working for the smugglers so he would get paid. He apologized to Blu and Jewel when he hung up their cage amongst the other birds, and even inquired as to their fate afterwards. He would later attempt to set them free when the smugglers were loading them on the plane.
Fernando is also quite streetsmart, able to quickly trade Tulio's Jeep for a motorcycle, showing a level of trade savviness.
- Seen driving a motorcycle
- Bicycling along with Linda and Tulio (shown in ending credits)
- Speaking Portuguese
- Seen when he goes to a rooftop after putting Blu and Jewel to the smugglers' room for the captured birds
- He used to help bird smugglers to make money, now he's a caretaker of a sanctuary to protect the jungle and the animals that live there.
- In the search for Blu and Jewel, he traded Tulio's Jeep for a motorcycle.
- For a kid at his age, it is impressive how street smart he is. For example, he can drive a motorcycle, make his own home on the streets, and somehow quickly was able to find someone to trade Tulio's Jeep for a motorcycle.
- Fernando acts as a double agent in the movie; he works for both sides, eventually switching over to good.
- In the ending credits, a photo is shown of Fernando, Linda, and Tulio riding a "three seat" tandem bicycle.
- Marcel commented that Fernando reminded him of himself as a child: smart and resourceful.
- In some ways, Fernando is similar to Aladdin; they both are paupers and hang out on the streets, and transport on roofs.
- Fernando's real parents' identities were never revealed in the movies.
- Fernando is one of the few Blue Sky characters to be anti-heroes.
- Although he's just barely seen in Rio 2, he was previously meant to be the one to find the Spix's Macaw feather in the jungle, as shown in a deleted scene.
- When Fernando became Tulio and Linda's adoptive son, it is unknown if he took the last name "Monteiro" or "Gunderson."
Quotes from Rio
- "Hey, this is only half of what you promised me."
- "Sorry, guys. Nothing personal."
- "So, what's going to happen to them?"
- "But I don't have a mama."
- "Lady, American lady."
- "I know where your birds are."
- "Don't worry, I'm on it."
- "I traded it for your Jeep!"
- "Yeah. It's in great condition—"
- "Well, good condition."
- "But - the birds were here."
- "I swear! The birds were right here!"
- "Because... I'm... I'm the one who took them."
- "I didn't want to hurt anybody. I just... I needed the money."
- "Hey, guys!"
- "I just wanted to see if you had any work for me."
- "So why are you dressed for Carnival?"
- "Oh — oh, a float."
- "So you guys are going to the parade?"
- "Can I come? I'm a great dancer."
- "I'm gonna get you guys out of here."
Quotes from Rio 2
- "Good morning, Jewel!"
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