kestrel

[ UK /kˈɛstɹə‍l/ ]
NOUN
  1. small Old World falcon that hovers in the air against a wind
  2. small North American falcon
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How To Use kestrel In A Sentence

  • The most common bird of prey is the kestrel, which feeds chiefly on rodents such as mice and voles but will occasionally take small birds, beetles, small frogs, etc.
  • These values contrast with correlations between the barn owl and kestrel samples of r 0.189-0.355.
  • 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 Life of the Fields
  • American Kestrels are found in a wide variety of open habitats, among them agricultural areas, grasslands, sagebrush, shrub-steppe, steppe, and dry forest zones.
  • For there, high on a ledge in a dusty corner of the upstairs room, was a kestrels' nest complete with five eggs.
  • Birds of prey also suffered, with many sparrowhawks and kestrels too badly injured to survive, though many owls were successfully treated and released.
  • Other birds include: the endemic Seychelles bulbul Hypsipetes crassirostris, blue pigeon Alectroenas pulcherrima, Seychelles sunbird Nectarinia dussamieri, Seychelles kestrel Falco araea and an endemic cave-nesting swiftlet Collocalia francica elaphra. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, Seychelles
  • Disturbance after eggs are laid provides opportunities for predation by carrion crows, jays, kestrels, magpies, foxes and mink.
  • Birds such as grouse, crows, quail, partridge, nightjars, cuckoos, shrikes, larks, pipits, merlins, harriers, kestrels and buzzards would all have been seen.
  • The cuckoo, which resembles a sparrowhawk or a kestrel in flight, can be difficult to identify.
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