kestrel
noun Etymology: Middle English castrel, from Middle French crecerelle, from crecelle rattle; from its cry Date: 15th century any of various small chiefly Old World falcons (genus Falco) that usually hover in the air while searching for prey: as a. a common Eurasian falcon (F. tinnunculus) b. an American falcon (F. sparverius) having a reddish-brown back and tail and bluish-gray wings

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Synonyms:
, , (Falco tinnunculus)


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