A kestrel in flight.
kestrel definition by Webster's New World
- either of two small, reddish-gray European falcons (Falco tinnunculus or F. naumanni) that can hover in the air
- American kestrel
Origin: Middle English castrel ; from Old French cresserelle, quercerelle: origin, originally echoic
kestrel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Probably from obsolete French cresserelle, from Old French cresserele, probably from cresselle, clacker, kestrel.