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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 ?
There were sparrow hawks, with white breasts, and kestrels, and down the slopes scampered, with their long legs, several fine fat bustards.
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.
In some areas, American kestrels -- small falcons -- are replacing chemicals by keeping pests and invasive species away from crops.
I've seen quite a few kestrels throughout Cleveland recently, several of whom will have flown across from Scandinavia to avoid the snow there.
2 In a tight match that descended into pantomime almost on the final buzzer, league leaders Kirkcaldy Kestrels edged out the Paisley Pirates.
A total of 10 healthy adult kestrels were included in this study.
Breeding pairs of common kestrels are found in mountains, some rocky islands, and, very rarely, on buildings.
A PAIR of nesting kestrels found a truly heavenly place to roost.
Student Ben Shakespeare said "The falconer amazed us by showing us how to train kestrels and even how to feed them" as Mr Thomas and the kestrel, Kester, treated the students to a flight demonstration, exhibiting the kestrel's skills at hovering and chasing a lure.
Around half-a-dozen kestrels have hatched in a secret location deep inside the Aston University campus and their every cute move is being recorded on a webcam.
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