National Emblems of Trinidad and Tobago

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms represents the three ships of Colombus who landed in Trinidad in 1498. The top of the shield depicts two hummingbirds. The supporters are two local birds, a scarlet ibis and a cocrico, respectively. The shield stands on waves breaking against the rocky coasts of the islands.

The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago was designed by a committee formed in 1962 to prepare the country for independence. The Coat of Arms was selected and formally agreed to be used as the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago in 1962. The Birds represented on the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago are the Scarlet Ibis, the Cocrico (native to Tobago) and the Hummingbird. The three ships represent the Trinity and the three ships of Columbus. The three Peaks were principal motifs of Trinidad's early British Colonial Seals and Flag-Badges. They commemorated both Columbus' decision to name Trinidad after the Blessed Trinity and the three Peaks of the Southern mountain range, called the 'Three Sisters" on the horizon. The fruited Coconut Palm dates back to the great seals of British Colonial Tobago in the days when the Island was a separate administrative unit. Motto - Together we aspire, Together we achieve" -speaks for itself and promotes harmony and diversity for national achievement.


Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis is the national bird of Trinidad.


Cocrico

The Cocrico is the national bird of Tobago.


Chaconia

The Chaconia is the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago.


Steel Pan