Both are extremely stupid (though Armando is smarter but only somewhat). They always have dumb ideas like taking a different bird and painting them blue in an poor attempt to fool Marcel that they were the Spix Macaws though it is very obvious they weren't plus they made a rather shoddy float. They are also cowardly by holding onto Marcel's legs when he got out of the plane.
Armando is a thin man with a moustache, dark skin and black afro hair. He wears a black shirt (with some white lines) and a pair of jeans.
Tipa is an obese man with a red shirt (with some shirt lines) and black shorts. He has a very short hair.
Their first appearance was inside Marcel's hideout alongside with Marcel himself during Fernando's return with the two kidnapped Spix's macaws, Blu and Jewel. The two macaws were later kept away inside a room along with many other kidnapped birds, chained together. Before Marcel was about to leave the hideout, he assigned a task that one between the two needed feed Nigel. They went under rock, paper, scissors game. Favored by Tipa's foolishness, Armando cheated his defeat by tricking Tipa that scissors dominated rocks. Then Tipa nervously feeds Nigel.
Once Blu and Jewel freed themselves from the cage (stilled chained together) and managed to break out the smugglers' hideout, Armando, Tipa and Nigel chased after them. Blu fended off the two smugglers by imitating a dogs' bark to a cat, which immediately launched itself at their faces in fear. The two gave up on going after Blu and Jewel and returned to the hideout empty handed.
The next morning, when Marcel returned to his hideout, about to transport all the kidnapped birds (including Blu and Jewel) to the airport for further shipping, he found out that the two precious blue macaws were missing. Armando and Tipa replaced Blu and Jewel's empty cage with two chickens sprayed in colors as same as the original birds, but their poorly done subterfuge failed to convince Marcel. Depressed and crossed, Marcel put his entrusted right-hand bird Nigel in charge of finding the two macaws. and ordered Armando and Tipa to prepare a float for Carnival later on that night.
After creating the chicken float, Armando and Tipa present it to Marcel at the parade which hides the captured birds, and both of them danced with Fernando dressed as chickens, which earns boo's from the crowd. When they arrived at the airport they helped load the captured birds including Blu and Jewel onto a cargo plane and took off. When the plane starts falling, Armando and Tipa do rock paper, scissors over the only parachute available when Marcel takes it and Armando and Tipa jump after him and hang onto his legs.
In the end, Armando and Tipa alongside Marcel are eventually imprisoned for smuggling and kidnapping.
Like Flynn from Blue Sky's next feature, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Armando and Tipa are very stupid. but Armando is the smarter than the two and Tipa is the dumb one and he likes ice-cream and his favourite flavor is strawberry. and watching TV.
Despite both of them stupid and idiotic, Tipa is more idiotic than Armando as he was easily fooled by Armando into believing that scissors beats rock so Tipa would feed Nigel instead of Armando. He believes that Nigel is a cannibal because he ate a chicken leg. He annoyed Marcel the most and he put a cage on him. He was almost about to expose their plans to Fernando with Armando keeping on shushing him and it was probably his idea about the chicken float.