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 is depicted in flight with its wings spread, and it holds a red cross in its talons.
The blue color on the flag represents the sea and the sky, which are important elements of the Azorean landscape and culture. The goshawk is a symbol of the Azores, as it is a native bird of the region and is known for its strength and resilience. The red cross represents the Christian faith, which is an important part of the Azorean culture and history.
The current design of the Azorean flag was adopted in 1979, replacing an earlier version that featured a different design. The new design was created by a group of Azorean artists and intellectuals.