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.
Similar to most birds of prey, females of the Eurasian Kestrel appear larger than males, weighing almost 200 gm, much smaller in comparison with the largest falcon, the Gyr that may weigh close to one-and-half-kilo and 65cm tall.
When did you last see the glorious hovering of a kestrel? Or when did you last hear the 'little bit of bread but no cheese' announcement of a yellowhammer or hear the magnificent anthem of a skylark?
This is a familiar story when it comes to raptors, all of which, with the possible exception of the kestrel, clearly project the fact that unhesitatingly they are killers.
CargoGulf, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) operator, has responded to the strong growth in UK's exports by extending its reach with the appointment of Kestrel Liner Agencies as its liner service agent for the country.
Dr Zubair Medammal and his team watch the Eurasian Kestrel. Joseph Varghese
Noted Indian falcon researcher Zubair Medammal found the nesting of Eurasian Kestrel, a species of falcon, during his visit to Doha.
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BARRY Hines's novel, A Kestrel For a Knave, published 50 years ago, became a Yorkshire classic - even more so when Ken Loach turned it into the film Kes.
When Barry Hines published his novel A Kestrel for a Knave 50 years ago, it became something of a Yorkshire classic - even more so when Ken Loach made it into the film Kes.