Definitions for: Kestrel


[n] small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
[n] small North American falcon



Webster (1913) Definition: Kes"trel (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l), n. [See Castrel.]
(Zo["o]l.)
A small, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius), allied
to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and
spotted with white and black. Also called windhover and
stannel. The name is also applied to other allied species.

Note: This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind
of hawk. ``Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with
hawks.'' --Bacon.

Synonyms: American kestrel, Falco sparverius, Falco tinnunculus, sparrow hawk

See Also: Falco, falcon, genus Falco

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