The hummingbird is a tiny bird from the New World, whose wings beat so rapidly as to be almost invisible to the unaided eye. Though known to period Europeans, it was not used in period armory; its use in Society armory is considered a step from period practice.
While the hummingbird may be found rising or volant, in Society practice it also has its own unique posture, “hovering”: body upright but embowed, wings addorsed, tail tucked forward under its body, as in the illustration. Hovering is considered equivalent to “rising” for conflict purposes.
Alacya Daveraugh bears: Argent, a bend azure between a ruby-throated hummingbird volant to sinister, wings addorsed proper, and a sprig of three cherries gules, slipped and leaved vert.
Alan of Ockham bears: Gules, on a pile bendwise inverted throughout Or a hummingbird hovering palewise vert, throated gules, tailed sable.
Diane of Carmarthen bears: Purpure, a hummingbird rising to sinister, wings elevated and addorsed, a bordure argent.