Italian heraldic dictionary
conventional figure, with the body in front, wings open, head turned to the right, legs spread, tail extended towards the tip of the shield. If the feathers of the wings are facing upwards it is said "with flight unfurled", if they are downwards it is said "with flight down". If it comes out with the upper half of the body from a partition or piece it is called "nascent", if it comes out with the vertical half of the body it is said "outgoing"; represented in the act of taking off the flight is said "sorante", if it is stationary it is "closed flight". It can have different enamel the rostrums ("armed with ..."), the tongue ("lampassata di ..."), the legs ("membrata di ...") or the beak ("cupped of ... "); it is often "crowned".