Any of various small falcons belonging to the genus Falco that are distributed worldwide, especially the American kestrel and the European kestrel.(noun)
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Use "kestrel" in a sentence
"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."