Yes, a little flag, uma bandeirinha.

How many countries have a bird that displays the colours of their national flag?


Bandeirinha, Chlorophonia cyanea

Brazil has one, yes, the bandeirinha, Chlorophonia cyanea.

You can see a wonderful collection of Brazilian bird photos here. They were taken at Itatiaia National Park in the highlands of Rio de Janeiro state, and all on the same day.

New species of Bandeirinha

Brazil also has another species of Bandeirinha, the new phenomenon of girl linesmen at football matches.

Their male counterparts are still called árbitros.

The use of the diminutive ‘little flags’ for the girls is a form of endearment, as you can see they deserve it.