kestrel


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kes·trel

 (kĕs′trəl)
n.
1. A small falcon (Falco sparverius) found throughout the Americas, having vertical black stripes under the eyes and characteristically hovering over fields to hunt. Also called sparrow hawk.
2. A small falcon (Falco tinnunculus) of Europe, Asia, and Africa that hovers when hunting and has reddish-brown plumage and a gray head.
3. Any of various similar falcons of the genus Falco that hover when hunting.

[Probably from obsolete French cresserelle, from Old French cresserele, probably from cresselle, clacker, kestrel.]

kestrel

(ˈkɛstrəl)
n
(Animals) any of several small falcons, esp the European Falco tinnunculus, that tend to hover against the wind and feed on small mammals on the ground
[C15: changed from Old French cresserele, from cressele rattle, from Vulgar Latin crepicella (unattested), from Latin crepitāre to crackle, from crepāre to rustle]

kes•trel

(ˈkɛs trəl)

n.
any of various small falcons that hover as they hunt, esp. Falco sparverius, of North America, and F. tinnunculus, of Eurasia.
[1400–50; late Middle English castrell < Middle French quercerelle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kestrel - small North American falconkestrel - small North American falcon    
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
2.kestrel - small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a windkestrel - small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
Translations
valk
керкенезсоколчерношипа ветрушка
falcóxoriguerxoriguer comúxoriguer gros
poštolkapoštolka obecná
falktårnfalk
falkokestreloturfalko
cernícalo comúnhalcón
tuuletallaja
haukkajalohaukkatuulihaukka
sokol
vércsevörös vércse
fálkihaukurturnfálkivalur
황조롱이
falco
pelėsakalis
torenvalkvalk
falkhauktårnfalk
falcãopeneireiro-vulgar
sokolsokol myšiar
navádna postôvkasokol
sokoсоко
falktornfalk
bayağı kerkenezkerkenez
боривiтерпостiльгасапсансокіл
chim cắt

kestrel

[ˈkestrəl] Ncernícalo m (vulgar)

kestrel

[ˈkɛstrəl] nfaucon m crécerelle

kestrel

nTurmfalke m

kestrel

[ˈkɛstrl] ngheppio
References in classic literature ?
Had ye slain him it would have been an ill day for you, for Robin Hood would have harried your town as the kestrel harries the dovecote.
Of diversified habits innumerable instances could be given: I have often watched a tyrant flycatcher (Saurophagus sulphuratus) in South America, hovering over one spot and then proceeding to another, like a kestrel, and at other times standing stationary on the margin of water, and then dashing like a kingfisher at a fish.
There were sparrow hawks, with white breasts, and kestrels, and down the slopes scampered, with their long legs, several fine fat bustards.
Indeed, small birds are more important to kestrels as prey than small mammals are to sparrow hawks, and it is this, along with the decline in rough grassland (small mammal habitat) that makes me suspect that the return of the sparrow hawk has had more of an effect on the decline of the suburban kestrel than it has on the house sparrow.
American Kestrel use of boxes in successive years in relation to prior nesting success and years of nesting experience in southwestern Idaho, 1990-2006.
We can now proceed with the demolition of this main building, which is necessary to make way for our development of two, three and four-bedroom family homes, knowing it will not harm the kestrel family.
North America's most common falcon is the American kestrel.
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Councillor Curtis is supporting the campaign by the Hawk Conservancy Trust's campaign to record and understand the kestrel population in Britain.