- the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.
Origin of windhover
; from its hovering flight, head to the wind
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for windhover
Historical Examples of windhover
But the greatest of all exponents in the art of hovering is the kestrel, known also, for this very reason, as the “windhover.”
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 Dictionary definitions for windhover
- British a dialect name for a kestrel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for windhover
"kestrel," 1670s, from wind (n.1) + hover; so called from the bird's habit of hovering in the wind. An earlier name for it was windfucker (1590s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper