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Ngchesar, Palau

Palau, Belau

Last modified: 2011-12-24 by ian macdonald
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[Ngchesar flag] image by Ian MacDonald, 15 November 2011
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Description of the Flag

The current state flag of Ngchesar has six stars surrounding a bird, which is facing the hoist, on a green background. An earlier version of the flag had the bird facing the fly end of the flag on a blue-green background.
Jaume Ollé, 21 January 1997

According to, green represents the lush tropical jungle of Ngchesar. The bird is the "ochaio", the Ngchesar State bird. The six stars represent the six traditional hamlets, now called counties, that is, Ngersuul, Ngerngesang, Ngerwikl, Ngerkesou, Ngchesar and Ngeraus.

“Ochaio,” the state’s spirit god comes in the form of both the hawk-face spotted stingray and the Audubon's shearwater bird. Even today, the fish and the bird should not be caught or injured by anyone with blood relations to the people of this state as it is believed that doing so will result in disastrous consequences. ( ). The Audubon's shearwater is  Puffinius lherminieri Lesson, 1839.
Ivan Sache, 30 October 2011

The Previous Flag

[first Ngchesar flag] image by Jaume Ollé, 21 January 1997 

The first flag of Ngchesar was a blue-green flag, with six stars surrounding the bird in the center of the flag. The bird was facing the fly end of the flag. In the current flag, the bird is facing the hoist of the flag and the background color is green.
Jaume Ollé, 21 January 1997