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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 periodicals archive ?
Common kestrels measure about 32--39cm from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65--82cm and are small compared with other birds of prey.
Two peregrines and a merlin have been see out on the merse along with the more common buzzards and nowadays the less common kestrels.
The aim of this research was to describe morphometric aspects of healthy right and left eyeballs from wild, adult, male and female common kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) and to measure the thickness of their cornea, retina, choroid, and sclera.
Given the very tight time constraints I decided on the Gezira Club where, for the price of LE 100 I could definitely find Common Bulbuls, Hoopoes, Graceful Warblers, Common Kestrels, Rose-ringed Parakeets and hopefully a load of migrants and who knows, perhaps Sardinian Warbler and Indian Silverbill.
In northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis), common buzzards, and common kestrels (Falco tinnunculus), significant differences in IOP between juvenile and adult birds were found (P [less than or equal to] .001), but not in Eurasian sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) (P = .10) and tawny owls (P = .26).