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Background information
Feature films Rio
Rio 2
Video games Multiplayer Game
Angry Birds Rio
DS Version
Voice Jemaine Clement
Character information
Species Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Gender Male
Alias Nigel the Cockatoo
Bob the Bird
Feather/Hair/Skin color Greyish-White Body
Yellow Crest Feathers
Eyes Brown
Friends Marcel
Mysterious Dealer
Enemies Blu
The Angry Birds
Fate Living
Quote "Hello, pretty bird."

Nigel is an evil and sadistic cockatoo and the main antagonist of Rio and Rio 2.

He is not a pretty bird, but used to be quite a looker. Once a popular television star, he was replaced by a young parakeet from Paraguay named Petricious. Since then, he has had it out for all birds of beauty. Nigel put his jealousy and rage to use in his role as "evil henchbird" to Marcel and the smugglers. Nigel also serves as the main antagonist of Angry Birds Rio.



Nigel is first seen as a "patient" at Tulio's aviary. However, his sickness is quickly revealed to be a front; he tricks a guard into picking him up by pretending to be injured, then knocks him out with a chloroform-soaked rag and steals his keys. He then lets Fernando in so he can steal Blu and Jewel and bring them to Marcel's hideout. When Jewel tries to escape, Nigel pins her down and returns her to the cage. After Blu and Jewel are locked up, Nigel comes to them, explaining the motivation of his evil nature with the song "Pretty Bird." He was once the star of a popular animal show, until he was kicked out and replaced by a green parrot; now he has a hatred for exotic birds. Later, Nigel hears them trying to escape, and tries to stop them. The chase leds into the slums of Rio de Janeiro, where Nigel collides with an electrical transformer, blacking out the whole city of Rio in the process. After recovering Nigel heads back to the smuggler's hideout.

Nigel plucked after his accident.
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Nigel is sent by Marcel to retrieve Blu and Jewel, while Marcel and the other smugglers plan to use the Carnival show to hide the smuggling of the birds to get to the nearest airport.

Nigel then hires a horde of mischievous marmosets to help him catch Blu and Jewel, in doing so he abuses their leader Mauro and threatens to give them "flying lessons" if they don't find them by the end of the day.

Mauro and his minions manage to find Blu and Jewel, but they get into a battle with the Samba Club birds and they fail to capture them. When Nigel arrives at the place where the battle had been he finds a green bird and asks her a question on the whereabouts of the Blue Macaws. Nigel then abuses Mauro for his failure, then goes after Blu and Jewel himself. He eventually captures Jewel and uses her as bait to lure in Blu and his friends, the plan works and he locks them all in cages.

After the captives are loaded into the smugglers' plane, the plane takes off, but Blu manages to free himself and all the other birds, letting them escape out of the plane. However as Blu tries to get over his fear of flying, Nigel attacks Blu, pins him and attempts to strangle him. Jewel tries to intervene, but Nigel throws her aside, causing a cage to fall on Jewel's wing, injuring it. This angers Blu and as Nigel chokes him, he manages to hook a fire extinguisher onto Nigel's leg and sets it off, sending Nigel flying out of the plane and into one of the propellers, causing the plane to descend. Blu finally learns how to fly and escapes the crashing plane with Jewel. Marcel and the smugglers escape the plane as well.

However the smugglers are later arrested and sent to jail.

At the end of the film, Nigel is revealed to have survived, but has lost most of his feathers and is humiliated by a "photo finish" by Mauro as payback for his abuse against him and the marmosets earlier.

Rio 2

Nigel, who suffered the most undignified of indignities at the end of Rio (defeated by what he calls “the pretty birds” and losing his feathers in the process), is back. Shortly after colliding with the airplane at the end of the first film, he was taken into a veterinary surgery and operated on. The head surgeon commented that "he'll live, but he'll never fly again." Now only able to fly like a chicken, Nigel began working as a fortune-teller’s assistant at a third-rate street fair. He is made to wear an Elizabethan outfit (which covers up some unsightly marks on his torso) and an accompanying 'fortune-teller's' hat. Nigel is at the lowest point in his life, and he’s not happy about it.

While working at the fair, Nigel spots Blu and his family flying overhead. After experiencing flashbacks of the trauma Blu caused him, he becomes enraged and forcefully escapes from the fair. Along the way, he liberates a big mute anteater called Charlie and a small pink poison-dart frog called Gabi, quickly enlisting them as his minions to track the macaws. He follows them to the Amazon Rainforest, intent on killing Blu for making him almost flightless.

Nigel’s predominant passions are Shakespeare, evil, alliteration, revenge, and attention. For Nigel revenge is a dish best served cold... and with lots of blood stained feathers.

Nigel’s dreams of show business glory take flight in a particularly telling moment. As he prepares to deal with Blu once and for all, Nigel ends up taking center stage, in disguise, at the auditions overseen by Nico, Pedro and Rafael. Nigel comes up with an act, on the fly, which sparks his inner artist. He goes under the name of Bob the bird to avoid the suspicion of Nico, Pedro and Rafael as they point out that he looked familiar to them.

He uses his new found attention to his advantage as he wins the audition and plots to kill Blu with a poisonous dart using Gabi's poison and Charlie's long snout to fire the dart. His performance is cancelled as the loggers attack the jungle and a battle ensues between the loggers and the jungle animals, he attacks Blu when he is flying with a strap of lighted TNT away from a site of designated trees to be demolished revealing himself to Blu just as the TNT blows up. Nigel and Blu are tangled in vines, upside-down and unconscious. When they both regain consciousnesses, they have a feather fight and Gabi accidentally shoots Nigel with a poisonous dart. Nigel, thinking that he is about to die, gives one last Elizabethan performance, and then seemingly dies and falls off a branch to the ground below. Gabi, thinking that she killed Nigel and unwilling to live in a world without him, drinks a drop of her own poison and presumably dies. It is revealed that Gabi wasn't poisonous at all, but was convinced that she was as a child. Nigel tries to attack Blu and Jewel one last time but Gabi continues to smother Nigel with her love and drags him away.

Nigel and Gabi are later captured by Tulio and are taken back to Rio to be observed.


As the main antagonist of Rio and Rio 2, Nigel exhibited highly anti-social behavior.

He is very violent, constantly seen using physical force to injure or terrorize other characters. For instance, he threatened to give Mauro and his subordinates "flying lessons" in order to coerce the monkeys into helping him find Blu and Jewel. After the battle in the samba club, Nigel arrived at the scene and terrorized another bird into telling him where the blue macaws went, by threatening to "pop" or "crack" her head.

Nigel pinning Jewel
Nigel choking Jewel.
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He is also extremely sadistic, often taking great joy and pleasure in others' suffering. For example, he was shown in the poachers' lair to terrorize the captured birds, and he later ridiculed Jewel when her wing was injured. In both situations, he laughed maniacally in response to seeing his victims' fear and injury.

He is also rather ruthless, he shows no pity or mercy to his victims and enemies. He also holds no remorse for his evil deeds.

He is also intelligent, vengeful, cunning, cruel, malevolent and greedy.


Nigel has a slender, muscular appearance, and also has patchy ragged greyish-white feathers, brown eyes and pale red bags under his eyes, which are somewhat bloodshot. Nigel has unusually large and sharp talons for a cockatoo. Nigel is tall, taller than Blu and Jewel, and his feathers often molt. Like other Sulphur cockatoos, Nigel has white and yellow crest feathers on the top of his head.

In Rio 2, he wears a bird-sized vest of Elizabethan design. He now has an even more bedraggled appearance than in the first movie. Nigel has several small bald patches over his body, however there is a much larger bald patch on the majority of his chest, which is concealed by the Elizabethan vest.


Nigel is noticeably stronger than most other bird characters in terms of physical strength, considering both his size and sharp talons. He obviously had knowledge about his physical advantage and used this to his own ends throughout the film.

Apart from physical superiority, Nigel is also more devious than average birds, enabling him to sometimes outwit even humans. For example, he used a cloth soaked with Chloroform to disable the guard at Tulio's aviary in an attempt to capture Blu and Jewel.

His intelligence is very high, he is smarter then the smugglers and most other characters, his intelligence is only challenged by his arch enemy, Blu.

He is also a skilled manipulator, being able to fool Tulio and his employees into thinking he was sick and injured (no doubt calling upon his old acting skills).

Nigel's level of speed is unusual for a cockatoo; almost like that of a bird of prey. His flying skills where great in first movie, but after his accident he lost much of his flying abilities. Despite this, he still had his unnatural speed.

Nigel also had endurance, shown to be high enough to survive an extreme electric shock and he was still able to fly. And his high endurance was enough to survive a plane crash, only losing his feathers and much of his flight abilities (he was only able to fly like a chicken after that).


  • Flying
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Hunting
  • Cunning
  • Playing Sick
  • Speed
  • Physical Strength
    • Nigel is noticeably stronger than most other bird characters in terms of physical strength, considering both his size and sharp talons.
  • Manipulation of Torture and Fear
    • Nigel liked to torture the birds he captured and bring fear into their minds.
  • Skilled Manipulator
    • Able to fool Tulio and his employees.



Blu is Nigel's arch enemy. The cockatoo's first encounter with Blu was at Tulio's aviary, during which time Nigel pretended to be a "sick bird." Nigel responded to Blu's "Get well soon" with a sinister glare, which made Blu cringe. Afterwards, at the smugglers' lair, Nigel attempted to terrorize Blu, just like what he did to other captured birds. Since then, Nigel acted in a hostile manner towards Blu until the end of the movie, constantly attempting to capture, humiliate, or injure Blu, who referred to Nigel as "scary, but not cool". In the second film Nigel seeks revenge on Blu for defeating and humiliating him in the first film.


Jewel first encountered Nigel when she tried to escape from the smugglers' lair by playing dead, but she was soon overpowered by Nigel due to the latter's physical prowess. Despite Nigel's constant attempts to terrorize her (just like he did with most other characters), she was not afraid of him. She even fought (but was defeated by) Nigel on several occasions.


The only character towards whom Nigel had shown signs of affection (apart from Gabi in the second film) is the leader of the smugglers. Marcel was often seen petting Nigel. While Nigel responded to Tipa's praise in a hostile manner, he seemed to accept Marcel's praise readily. Nigel also showed some degree of loyalty towards Marcel. However, the latter didn't seem to be particularly concerned when Nigel was blasted out of the plane.

Armando and Tipa

The two subordinates of Marcel seemed to be afraid of Nigel. The two were very reluctant to feed the latter, and they were constantly humiliated or threatened by the cockatoo.

Nico and Pedro

Nico and Pedro seem to be scared of Nigel and couldn't be paid money to tamper with his temper. However, Nigel wasn't seen directly interacting with Nico or Pedro in the movie. During Carnival, Nigel captures Nico, Pedro, and Rafael and locks them up in a cage, but it is not seen in the movie. It is revealed later when Nigel locks up Blu, and Blu stands up to Nigel by saying, "Oh come on, you really think I came alone? I've got three of the meanest, roughest, craziest birds in all of Rio right behind me!" and then his attention is turned towards Nico, Pedro, and Rafael by Pedro celebrating, thinking they were saved, but Nico mournfully says, "I think he means us." Nigel doesn't seem to acknowledge them in the least, barely even looking in their direction.


Rafael is never seen interacting with Nigel, although he, Nico, and Pedro were captured by Nigel before Blu had tried to free Jewel from her cage inside the parade float.

The Flock

Nigel captured the Angry Birds, but not before they could break out. In the boss fight against Nigel in Jungle Escape, very few birds (most of the time, except the White Bird) could defeat him, they could just add red spots). In the later boss in Smuggler's Plane, even (rarely) the Black Bird could defeat him but the Big Brother Bird could (most of the time) defeat him, and launch Nigel out of the plane and hit the propeller blade.


Gabi is Nigel's sidekick and "evil henchfrog." Nigel very rarely regards Gabi's affection for him, seeing her mostly as a lackey, and a means to get his revenge on Blu. Despite this he seems to treat her a bit better then he treats Charlie.


Nigel uses Charlie as his steed and "silent muscle," making the anteater carry him everywhere. He treats Charlie as a mere minion despite the anteater's loyalty to him.


  • Nigel is the main antagonist in the first film and the second film.
    • Nigel is sometimes thought to be the secondary antagonist of Rio.
  • His full name is Cocks "Nigel" Cockatoo. It should be noted that "Cock" means a rooster, or male chicken, and has nothing to do with a cockatoo.
  • Although a Sulfur-crested Cockatoos' diet consists almost entirely of insects or plants, Nigel was seen eating a chicken leg in the film. It is mistakenly said by Tipa to be cannibalism (it isn't because cannibalism is defined as eating flesh from the same species).
  • When he was a telenovela star, he starred in TV shows called "Fly Hard", "All My Flock", and "As the Cage Turns", and participated in the Carnival parade. It was also mentioned that he was once popular all across South America.
  • The extended version of the song "Pretty Bird" mentions that when Nigel was pushed out of fame, he was replaced by a parakeet from Paraguay named Petricious. This may be the reason he was drawn to criminal activities. However, the reason, just being that "they got a pretty parakeet to fill [his] shoes" was in both that version and the shortened version that actually was in the movie.
  • He's the only bird to be plucked of nearly all his feathers.
  • Like Blu, he was a pet.
    • Although Nigel was a pet like Blu, he was trained to do a certain task (smuggling birds) and Blu wasn't.
  • Surprisingly enough, he is somehow damaged by the Mighty Eagle's earthquake in Angry Birds Rio, which is unusual being that he is never even close to the ground in levels when you fight him...
  • Nigel is one of the few Blue Sky Studios villains to be sadistic and mean.
  • Nigel was the one who pretended to be sick just to fool his enemies.
  • Nigel likes to torture birds, and bring nightmares into their minds.
  • Nigel was the only villain to have his own song.
  • A tree frog named Gabi, will be in love with Nigel in Rio 2.
  • For Rio, in the McDonalds Happy Meals toy, there was a toy of him with keys in one of his wings.
  • Promotional images for Rio 2 depict Nigel wearing some form of bird-sized garment, possibly to hide some of his missing feathers around his neck.
  • In one of the newest pictures for Rio 2, shows Nigel with not just Gabi and Charlie, but also with three monkeys and three scarlet macaws (one of which is Felipe the leader of the aggressive scarlet macaw tribe which lives in the Amazon) suggesting that he will have more minions then thought. You can see this picture in his gallery.
  • Recent trailers for Rio 2, shows Nigel wearing a mask (made of leaves), and performing a routine of some kind, suggesting that he will infiltrate Nico and Pedro's talent show auditions.


  • Nigel: "Hello, pretty bird."
  • Nigel: "What's the matter? Cockatoo got your throat?"
  • Nigel: "To be continued."
  • Nigel: "Something seems to be lodged in my beak."
  • Nigel: "Would you mind?"
  • Nigel: "Oh, I know I'm not a pretty birdie. But I used to be quite a looker. A star."
  • Nigel: "Sweet nightmares!"
  • Nigel: "Going somewhere, pretty bird?"
  • Nigel: "Temper, temper."
  • Nigel: "Now come along, my dear, we're going to a parade."
  • Nigel: "And everybody... loves... a parade."
  • Nigel: "Oh, pity. Now we have two useless, flightless birds."
  • Nigel: "So kind of you to join our little soireé."
  • Nigel: "Ah love, it's such a powerful and... stupid thing."
  • Nigel: "One down, and one to go."
  • Nigel: "I don't need to find him. He'll find you."
  • Nigel: "There are two blue macaws out there, and I need your multitude of eyes to help me find them."
  • Nigel: "Well that's a fair question."
  • Nigel: "I certainly see your point."
  • Nigel: "But what could I possibly do in return?"
  • Nigel: "Well that's a thought, yeah."
  • Nigel: "But is it enough? I don't want to feel like I'm cheating you."
  • Nigel: "All right, you've twisted my wing, deal."
  • Nigel: "Now then, anymore questions?"
  • Nigel: "No... good."
  • Nigel: "You will spread out and you will find these macaws by the end of the day."
  • Nigel: "Or it's flying lessons for everyone."
  • Nigel: "Go do your monkey business."
  • Nigel: "Hello, boys. Seems like you've had a busy day."
  • Nigel: "I'm not interested in your nicked knick-knacks."
  • Nigel: "Your burgled baubles bore me."
  • Nigel: "Let's discuss it."
  • Nigel: "What happened?"
  • Nigel: "Stop your chirping and talk to me."
  • Nigel: "When I bite down on you're head, will it go 'pop,' or will it go 'crack'?"
  • Nigel: "Where are the cerulean birds?"
  • Nigel: "That means 'blue,' by the way."
  • Nigel: "Anything else?"
  • Nigel: "Did they? Liar."
  • Nigel: "Never send a monkey to do a birds job."
  • Nigel: "Keep celebrating. I'll be pooping on your party promptly."
  • Nigel: "It only works when I do it."
  • Nigel: "The croaking cockatoo doth bellow for revenge."
  • Nigel: "That's Shakespeare, by the way."
  • Nigel: "Fair point."
  • Nigel: "I will make you ugly... too."
  • Nigel: "Get out of here, you putrid poultry!"
  • Nigel: "We'll show our blue friends some love - poisonous love."
  • Nigel: "I can see why they call you 'Gabi' (gabby)."
  • Nigel: "We'll attack at the midnight hour... because it's more evil."
  • Nigel: "A star, reborn!"
  • Nigel: "I don't think so — now please continue."
  • Nigel: "Were are you, filthy fowl?"
  • Nigel: "I've been going about this all wrong."
  • Nigel: "I need to search from higher ground."
  • Nigel: "A little bit higher, lower, lower now, perfect."
  • Nigel: "It´s an infestation."
  • Nigel: "It will be a performance to die for."
  • Nigel: "Better. Now go ten times faster."
  • Nigel: "Ugh, river hogs!"
  • Nigel: "Furious feathers in your face!"
  • Nigel: "No — I just want to."
  • Nigel: "Follow them!"
  • Nigel: "De ja vu, Blu."
  • Nigel: "To be, or not to be?"
  • Nigel: "There he is!"
  • Nigel: "I am, er... Bob. Yes. Bob - the bird."
  • Nigel: "What are you waiting for? Get me up there!"
  • Nigel: "Charlie, the tounge-a-pult!"
  • Nigel: "No, this one's mine."
  • Nigel: "Even in your sleep, you mock me!"
  • Nigel: "Audition?"
  • Nigel: "Charlie, why didn't you wake me?"
  • Nigel: "Be quiet!"
  • Nigel: "This is the end. I was to young, to beautiful, to leave."
  • Nigel: "What a nightmare."
  • Nigel: "That blue bird caused my misery."
  • Nigel: "My audience awaits."
  • Nigel: "We're not here to snack! We're here to avenge!"
  • Nigel: "Twinkle twinkle little Blu, I wonder where were you?"
  • Nigel: "Up in the world, so high - are you ready to die?"
  • Nigel: "They're getting away!"
  • Nigel: "You!"
  • Nigel: "We're not dead?"
  • Nigel: "Please, I'm sorry, I'll be nice, help me, help me!"


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