Kestrel definitions

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A small falcon (Falco sparverius) found throughout the Americas, having vertical black stripes under the eyes and characteristically hovering over fields to hunt.
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A small falcon (Falco tinnunculus) of Europe, Asia, and Africa that hovers when hunting and has reddish-brown plumage and a gray head.
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Any of various similar falcons of the genus Falco that hover when hunting.
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Either of two small, reddish-gray European falcons (Falco tinnunculus or F. naumanni) that can hover in the air.
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Any of various small falcons of the genus Falco that hover while hunting.
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The common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
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Origin of kestrel

From Middle English castrel (“staniel, bird of prey”), from Middle French cresserelle, crecerelle (“bird of prey”), derivative of crecelle (“rattle, wooden reel”), of obscure origin.