kestrel definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous little falcons from the genus Falco which are distributed around the world, particularly the American kestrel in addition to European kestrel.
    • some of different tiny falcons of this genus Falco that hover while looking.
    • the normal kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
    • a tiny, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius), allied into sparrow hawk. Its shade is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also referred to as windhover and stannel. The name can be applied to various other allied species.
    • A common European falcon, Falco tinnunculus, Tinnunculus alaudarius, or Cerchneis tinnunculus, of small size and reddish shade.
    • tiny old-world falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
    • little united states falcon

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