[ wind-huhv-er, -hov- ]
/ ˈwɪndˌhʌv ər, -ˌhɒv- /


the kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.

Origin of windhover

1665–75; wind1 + hover; from its hovering flight, head to the wind Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for windhover

/ (ˈwɪndˌhɒvə) /


British a dialect name for a kestrel
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