Aladdin is a male sapient parrot.
A talking parrot forced by circumstances to pretend to be a non-sentient one, the hot-tempered and greedy Iago was bought by chance in a bazaar by the Grand Vizier of Agrabah, the sorcerer Jafar. Iago became Jafar's much-abused minion, confident and advisor.
When one of Jafar's schemes went awry and trapped him in a magic lamp, Iago was sucked in as well. Being trapped with Jafar for months certainly put a strain on the two evildoers' partnership, to the point that when Iago finally managed to dig their way out of the Cave of Wonders, Jafar's lack of appreciation for his hard work was the final straw and Iago betrayed him. Despite Jafar's later attempts to get the parrot back under his control, Iago sealed his betrayal by instigating Jafar's final demise, kicking his lamp into lava and killing him.
As a result, the reformed Iago ended up tagging along with Aladdin and his friends on their various adventures. In the end, however, he ended up leaving them for Cassim, who shared Iago's lust for treasure more than the Prince and Princess of Agrabah. Eventually, all of Agrabah was somehow transported into modern times, including Iago and the resurrected Jafar; though no longer such a villain, Iago rekindled a friendship of sorts with the sorcerer, tagging along with him for entertainment value even if he didn't help the former Vizier anymore.
Behind the scenesEdit
Iago first appeared in the 1992 film Aladdin. Interestingly, early concepts called for Iago to be a cool, collected, British-accented cockatoo, in contrast with a much more unstable, clearly insane Jafar. When Jafar was made cold and calculating himself, in trade, Iago took on the personality he is best-known for.