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CAMILIA DUNCAN

21 year old Camilia Duncan was born to a Trinidadian mother and a
Jamaican father. She loves traveling and dancing. Camilia also has a
passion for modeling, and would like to pursue a career in modeling or
dancing.

THE NATIONAL FLAG OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The flag of Trinidad and Tobago was adopted upon independence from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1962. Designed by Carlisle Chang, the flag of Trinidad and Tobago was chosen by the independence committee of 1962. Red, black and white symbolize fire, earth and water..

THE COAT OF ARMS

The Coat of Arms of Trinidad & Tobago was designed by a
committee (formed in 1962 and including noted artist Carlisle
Chang and the late designer George Bailey) to select the symbols
that would be representative of the people of Trinidad & Tobago.
The shield has the same colors (black, red, and white) of the
nation's flag and carry the same meaning. The gold ships represent
the Santa Maria, Nina, and Pinta: the 3 ships Christopher Columbus
used on his journey to the "New World." The two birds on the shield
are hummingbirds. Trinidad is sometimes referred to as the "Land
of the Hummingbird" because more than 16 different species of
hummingbird have been recorded on the island. The two larger
birds are the Scarlet Ibis (left) and the Cocrico (right), the national
birds of Trinidad & Tobago. Below these birds is our nation's motto,
"Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve."

NATIONAL FLOWER - THE CHACONIA

The National Flower, the Chaconia, (Warszewiczia Coccinea), called "Wild Poinsetta" or "Pride of Trinidad and Tobago" is a flaming red forest flower of the family Rubianceae.

NATIONAL BIRD - THE SCARLET IBIS

The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) is the National Bird of Trinidad. The species is prolific in the northern regions of South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Trinidad. The scarlet ibis is a close relative of the American white ibis.

The bird is known for its striking deep red plumage that makes it stand out against the natural backdrop. However, juvenile ibises of the species are a blend of grey, brown, and white. They gradually grow into their red coloration through steadily ingesting red crustaceans, taking a few years to match the intensity of the adults’ brilliant hues.

Scarlet ibises usually range between 55–63 centimetres (22–25 inches) long, with males being slightly larger. They have long bills that grow to 7 or 8 inches long, which they efficiently use to catch their meals that burrow in the mud.

Their habitat in Trinidad is primarily the Caroni Swamp on the island’s western Gulf of Paria shoreline. There are several tour guides that operate in the swamp, taking visitors to see the bird-covered trees at sunset and other delightful natural phenomena.

By law, scarlet ibises are protected from hunting and any other form of decimation. Unfortunately, the illegality of harming the bird does little to deter some from purposely targeting them.

Despite this, the birds remain an endearing part of our landscape and culture, even depicted on our Coat of Arms.