Falco alaudarius
Kestrel Kes"trel (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l), n. [See {Castrel}.] (Zo["o]l.) A small, slender European hawk ({Falco alaudarius}), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called {windhover} and {stannel}. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. ``Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


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  • Kestrel — Kes trel (k[e^]s tr[e^]l), n. [See {Castrel}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small, slender European hawk ({Falco alaudarius}), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called {windhover} and {stannel} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stannel — Kestrel Kes trel (k[e^]s tr[e^]l), n. [See {Castrel}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small, slender European hawk ({Falco alaudarius}), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called {windhover} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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