Definitions for kestrelˈkɛs trəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of various small falcons that hover as they hunt, esp. Falco sparverius, of North America, and F. tinnunculus, of Eurasia.
Origin of kestrel:
1400–50; late ME castrell < MF quercerelle
sparrow hawk, American kestrel, kestrel, Falco sparverius(noun)
small North American falcon
kestrel, Falco tinnunculus(noun)
small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
Any of various small falcons of the genus Falco that hover while hunting.
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