- the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
Origin of windhover
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But the greatest of all exponents in the art of hovering is the kestrel, known also, for this very reason, as the “windhover.”Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
The kestrel or windhover acts in quite a different fashion to the sparrow-hawk.
As illustrating a remarkable quality of flight, the case of the kestrel or windhover may be taken.
- British a dialect name for a kestrel
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Word Origin and History for windhover
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