Pheasant, (fr. faisan): this bird is by no means an uncommon bearing in English arms, and is subjected to the same variations as birds generally. The Mitus heads have been thought to represent a bird of the pheasant kind(fr. mitou).
Azure, three pheasants or, membered and beaked gules–FESIANT.
Azure, three pheasant cocks or–READE.
Or, on a pale vert, on a chief gules a pheasant argent, all within a bordure azure charged with eight estoiles of the last–PAYZANT.
Azure, on a fesse between three pheasant cocks or as many crossbows sable–READ.
Argent, on a bend azure three pheasants or in chief a crescent(? for diff.) of the second–OGILL, Poppill, Scotland.
Ermine, a chevron gules between three cock pheasant’s heads erased azure–PETYTT, Suffolk.
Argent, three mitus’ head(of the pheasant kind) proper–BROWNESHAUGH.
[Pheasant also appear to be borne in the arms of the following families, but there are often variations in the blazon as to the kind of bird intended. STANNICH, co. Chester; CHOPIN; TOMKINS, co. Hereford; ZEKETH; JERVEIS, co. Worcester; O'COWICK; PHESANT; NORTH, co. Hants; BRYSILLY, &c.]