Trinidad and Tobago Symbols
- Bird: The Scarlet Ibis and the Cocrico
- Coat of Arms:
- Coat of Arms: The shield of the coat of
arms contains the same colors (black, red, and white) as the nation's
flag, and carry the same meaning. The gold ships within the shield
represent Christopher Columbus' ships: Santa María, La Niña, and La
The two birds above the ships, in the black section, are
hummingbirds representing the more than sixteen different species of
hummingbird that have been recorded on the island of Trinidad. On the
left side of the shield stands a Scarlet Ibis, while on the right is a
Cocrico. Below the Scarlet Ibis are three hills, representing the
Trinity Hills in southern Trinidad.
Those were the hills that Christopher Columbus saw during his
visit to the islands, and what prompted him to give the name,
"Trinidad." The island rising out of the waters beneath the Cocrico
represents Tobago, and below these birds is the nation's motto,
"Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve."
- Flag of Trinidad and Tobago
- Flower: Chaconia
- Instrument: The steelpan
- Motto: "Together we aspire, together we achieve"