National Flag of Guyana
The National Flag of Guyana, the Golden Arrowhead, has five colours
- green, red, black and white. The principal colours being green, gold and red.
The flag has the unique design of two triangles (one within the other) issuing
from the same base. The outer triangle is gold-coloured (arrow-shaped) with a narrow border of white along two sides. The
inner triangle is red with a narrow strip of black bordering the sides.
The background of the flag is green, representing the agricultural and forested
nature of Guyana. The white border represents the rivers and water potential. The golden arrow represents Guyana's mineral
wealth and the black border the endurance that will sustain the forward thrust of the Guyanese people.
The red of the flag represents the zeal and dynamic nature of the nation-building
that lies before the young and independent Guyana.
The national Coat-of -Arms of Guyana was designed by three Guyanese artists. It is interpreted
The Amerindian head-dress symbolizes the Amerindians as the indigenous people of the country.
The two diamonds at the side of the head-dress represent the country's mining industry. The helmet is the monarchial
insignia. The two jaguars holding a pick axe, a sugar cane and a stalk of rice symbolize labor and the two main agricultural
industries of the country - sugar and rice. The shield that is decorated with the National Flower, the Victoria Regia Lily,
is to protect the nation.The three blue wavy lines represent the many waters of Guyana. The Canje Pheasant, the National Bird,
at the bottom of the shield represents a rare bird found principally in this part of the world and also the rich fauna of
Guyana. The streamer below the shield bears the Nation's Motto:
ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION, ONE DESTINY
The Coat of Arms was accepted by the Guyana House of Assembly on Friday, February
|The Canje Pheasant
The Canje Pheasant
The Hoatzin or Canje Pheasant is another national symbol. This adult
specie bird is about 22 inches long from beak to tail. Its color is reddish-brown streaked with green. The under parts are
pale brown. The feathers on its shoulder and sides are edged with creamy-white. There is a crest of very long feathers on
its head, which gives the bird an almost majestic look. The Hoatzin has a very short beak and the skin around the
crimson eye is pale blue. This bird can be found anytime during the year in areas along the banks of the Berbice River
and its tributary, the Canje Creek, and some places on the Abary, Mahaicony and Mahaica Rivers. It feeds on the leaves of
aquatic vegetation. The nesting period for the Canje Pheasant is from April to September.
The Victoria Regia