the upper half is red with a yellow frigate bird flying over a yellow rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean
the bird is a symbol of authority, freedom and traditional dances. The sun stands for the Equator, whose length whithin the borders of Kiribati is more than 400 km (2500 miles). The white and blues waves symbolize the Pacific Ocean of which some 5 million sq. km (2 million sq miles) belong to Kiriboti.