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Blu was brought in to mate with Jewel in order to tame JewelKeeping an anti-social bird alone will not make her more social. She may have even killed other birds herself before this film began. Blu was, in theory, a way to get her to trust humans since he was non-aggressive, of her species, and trusted humans perfectly. They were left unsupervised specifically so Blu's owner not know just how dangerous Jewel was.
Marcel and his goons weren't arrested for wildlife contraband.They were arrested for disrupting the Sugar Loaf cable car. And the samba school parade with their chicken float. Of course, once there, Fernando's testimony nailed their contraband operation for good.
Nigel the evil Cockatoo is actually Snowball past his prime.He's quite used to being in the spotlight, but all fads fade with time. Cockatoos in general just love to be the center of attention...losing it would easily be enough to turn one bad!
Marcel is Fernando's DadIt was never explained why Fernando is homeless, but it's sad, nevertheless. Theory: Fernando was the child of Marcel, but the mother died after the child was born. Marcel may have given up Fernando, which is why he's homeless. The real kicker is the line where mentioned that Fernando reminded Marcel of his childhood.
Jewel killed the last Blue Macaw born in the wild before the movie
Nigel is an immortal cockatoo.He had a near-death experience in the middle of the movie, which got him off our heroes' tails for a while, as well as the near-death experience near the end.
The Blue Macaw species is still doomedBecause there is only one pair of this species in the entire world before the finale, and other blue macaws are directly descended from them. In the long run, the birds produced from a single pair would suffer from far too many genetic defects and would be too vulnerable to disease. It's only buying time. There is also necessary Squick.
There are other female Blue Macaws.And they will get into the mating pool.
Nigel was originally supposed to die in the airplane rotorThis movie originally had a PG rating an changes were needed to get the G. Since its not implied at all he survived and its tacked on at the end, it seems having him survive may have been one of the changes. Maybe he would have died at a very early point in development.