from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small falcons belonging to the genus Falco that are distributed worldwide, especially the American kestrel and the European kestrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small falcons of the genus Falco that hover while hunting.
- n. The common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common European falcon, Falco tinnunculus, Tinnunculus alaudarius, or Cerchneis tinnunculus, of small size and reddish color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
- n. small North American falcon
Also, from my reading the kestrel is full-grown ... and a male.
A kestrel is still a hawk, but the amazing part of the (revised) story is that Juan Hurino is taking the bird to the vet anyway; even though the kestrel was probably attracted to his own chickens.
The kestrel is the most fertile; for this is nearly the only bird of prey which drinks, and its moisture, both innate and acquired, along with its heat is favourable to generative products.
The kestrel is a small raptor in the falcon family.
"A kestrel is a type of falcon, like the peregrine but smaller."
The kestrel is the bird known in England as the windhover, on account of its habit of hovering in mid-air on rapidly-vibrating wings before pouncing on the lizard or other small fry, for which it is ever on the watch.
For the kestrel is a most insulting creature towards the bigger birds.
The kestrel is the commonest hawk in the southern parts of England, so that many opportunities occur to observe his habits; and there ought not to be any doubt in the matter.
"The kestrel is the world's most perfect hawk," the Raptor Observatory's Allen Fish said.
Robb Herbst called the kestrel the prettiest bird of prey in the Roanoke Valley area.