Examples of heraldic animals, lion birds etc. in different positions !
In heraldry an attitude is the position in which an animal, mythical creature etc is
emblazoned as a charge, supporter or crest. Animals and animal-like creatures are
presumed to be shownin profile, humans and human-like beings are presumed to be
shown facing frontward ( afftonté )
a.) Dexter (right) - the viewer's left.
b.) Sinister (left) - turned to face the viewer's right.
c.) Affronté - an animal or being that is faced toward the viewer.
d.) Guardant - head turned to face the viewer.
e.) Regardant - head turned backward, looking over it's shoulder.
While there are a large number of terms for attitudes of creatures may exist -the following are a small selection of the most popular among these.