|United States Flag - Wikipedia|
Since today happens to be Flag Day, I thought it would be fun to write a post on bird symbols in flags from around the world. Yes, I understand that Flag Day is for Old Glory but why can't we have some fun and have a look at some flags that we aren't familiar with? Let's make it an Avian Flag Day. Note: not every single flag with a bird symbol is mentioned below. Some have been omitted.
|Flag of Albania - Wikipedia|
Our first flag with a bird symbol is the daunting flag of Albania. The bird of the Albania flag is the blaring insignia of a double-headed eagle. It is said that Albanian nationalists used this bird as a symbol of independence from the Ottoman Empire during their struggles in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
|Flag of Ecuador - Wikipedia|
The Ecuadoran flag with birds is one of my favorite bird symbol representatives. It shows us the image of a perched Andean condor on the country's coat of arms. It is considered the National Bird of Ecuador and is watching over the nation with its wings outstretched, symbolizing the power and courage of the country. Notice that the bird is also on the lookout, ready to attack immediately if necessary.
|Flag of Egypt - Wikipedia|
The flag of Egypt bears the national symbol, the Eagle of Saladin. Saladin was a sultan in the 12th century who recaptured Jerusalem for Egypt and Syria from the Crusaders. There is a detail on this flag that one may not have noticed at a quick glance. At the base of the bird symbol, there is a scroll with some Arabic text written across it. The text translates to "Arab Republic of Egypt."
|Flag of Guatemala - Wikipedia|
Of all the flags with bird symbols that we are exploring for Flag Day, this one has to be my favorite. The flag of Guatemala proudly dons the Central American country's national bird, the Resplendent Quetzal. This tropical bird was considered divine in Aztec and Mayan lore. It is a symbol of liberty to the Guatemalan people because it is said that when it is caged, this bird often kills itself.
|Flag of Kiribati - Wikipedia|
I am sure some folks do not even know the location of Kiribati. You can find this group of islands in the Central Pacific Ocean near the equator. This flag with birds shows one of my favorite avian friends that I have seen in person, the Frigatebird. I had the pleasure of watching a great Frigatebird soar over the Gulf of Mexico in such a graceful manner yet filling the air with its dominating presence. The Frigatebird on this flag is meant to represent freedom, power, and command of the sea. An appropriate bird symbol for Kiribati.
|Flag of Mexico - Wikipedia|
One of my favorite flags of all the world is the Mexican flag. That image in the center of this flag with birds is the story of a nation. The bird symbol of the eagle is perched upon a prickly pear cactus with a snake in its mouth and in the grasp of its talons. Legend has it that the Aztec people were told by their Gods to search for and build their city where this same event was to occur. It ended up being the site for the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan (present day Mexico City) which was built over Lake Texcoco.
|Flag of Uganda - Wikipedia|
Located inside of the white sphere on the flag of Uganda is the national symbol, the Grey Crowned Crane. It represents the diverse wildlife found in this African nation, as well as its gentle nature being a reflection of the Ugandan people.
Hope everyone enjoyed this Flag Day themed post on flags with bird symbols. I thank you all for visiting and for your support. If you learn something before you close out this page then my goal has been accomplished.