The flag of Dominica is famous for its bird emblem, which features the Imperial Amazon parrot, or sisserou, in red perched on a twig enclosed by ten green stars. This bird species is restricted to Dominica. The flag was adopted on 3 November 1978.
The Imperial Amazon bird (also called the siserou) also appears on the coat of arms of the country. The parrot is endemic to Dominica and is sometimes colored blue or purple symbolizing their yearning for greater heights and aspirations. The cross represents Christianity, while the stars stand for the parishes of Dominica. The red disc on the flag stands for social justice. Furthermore, the yellow stripe of the cross stands for the bright sunshine of is the island as well as the agricultural products of the land, namely citrus and bananas. The white colour symbolizes the noble aspirations of the people whereas black stands for the rich black fertile soil of the island. The green represents the countryside, which is the most rugged in the Caribbean,
Alwin Bully, a playwright, designed the flag of Dominica in early 1978, just as the country was nearing independence.
Since the original design was commissioned in 1978, the current Dominica flag has not changed much. The last changes were made in 1990, when the orientation of the way the bird faces was changed.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018