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duck hawk

a peregrine falcon of the American subspecies Falco peregrinus anatum, noted for its especially swift flight.
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An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A blackish patch on the sides of the throat, similar to that of the duck hawk.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • The nesting habits and the eggs are precisely like those of the duck hawk.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The duck hawk (Falco peregrinus anatum) is one of the representatives in America.

  • Above brownish black, much paler and never with the slaty color of the duck hawk; below streaked or spotted with blackish brown.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • As the Peregrine of falconry we know of the duck hawk as a fearless, dashing hunter of greater power of wing and talon.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for duck hawk

duck hawk

a variety of peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, occurring in North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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