The flag of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, features a dark blue field with a stylized yellow goshawk in the center. The goshawk depicted in flight with its wings spread holds a red cross in its talons.
The blue color on the flag represents the sea and the sky. These are important elements of the Azorean landscape and culture. The goshawk is a symbol of the Azores. It is native to the region and known for its strength and resilience. The red cross represents the Christian faith, which is an important part of the Azorean culture and history.
In 1979, Azores adopted the current design of its flag, replacing an earlier version that featured a different design. A group of Azorean artists and intellectuals created the new design.