Definitions for kestrelˈkɛs trəl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word kestrel
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
The name kestrel, is given to several different members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behaviour which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 metres over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects. Other falcons are more adapted to active hunting on the wing. In addition, kestrels are notable for usually having much brown in their plumage.
Find a translation for the kestrel definition in other languages:
Select another language: