falco alaudarius


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kestrel \Kes"trel\ (k[e^]s"tr[e^]l), n. [See Castrel.] (Zool.)
   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.
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   Note: This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind
         of hawk. "Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with
         hawks." --Bacon.
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