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 for kestrel
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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind
           of hawk. "Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with
           hawks." --Bacon.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kestrel
      n 1: small North American falcon [syn: sparrow hawk, American
           kestrel, kestrel, Falco sparverius]
      2: small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
         [syn: kestrel, Falco tinnunculus]

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