Flag of Dominica

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Not to be confused with Flag of the Dominican Republic.
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The flag of Dominica was adopted on November 3, 1978, with some small changes having been made in 1981, 1988, and 1990.

History and design[edit]

The flag, adopted in 1978, features the national bird emblem, the sisserou parrot, which also appears on the coat of arms granted on 21 July 1961. This parrot, endemic to Dominica, is an endangered species with a population of only 250-350 individuals.[1]

The green field represents the lush vegetation of the island. The cross represents the Trinity and Christianity, with its three colours symbolising the native Indians, the fertile soil, and the pure water. The 10 stars stand for the country's 10 parishes: (St. Andrew, St. David, St. George, St. John, St. Joseph, St. Luke, St. Mark, St. Patrick, St. Paul, and St. Peter), while the red disc stands for social justice.

The sisserou parrot is sometimes coloured either blue or purple (the parrot's actual colour). The use of purple makes the flag of Dominica the only flag of a sovereign state to include the colour.

Historical designs[edit]

Flag used between 1978-81
Flag used between 1978-81
Flag used between 1981-88
Flag used between 1981-88
Flag used between 1988-90
Flag used between 1988-90

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazona imperialis", The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved September 12, 2014.

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