from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Falconidæ, or subgenus of Falco, containing small falcons such as the kestrel and some sparrow-hawks.


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  • Birds of prey include kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Montagu's harrier (Circus pygargus), and steppe eagle (Aquila rapax).

    Alai-Western Tian Shan steppe

  • In one day you can see dozens of inhabited nests of different rare species of birds of prey (Falco tinnunculus, F. vespertinus, F. subbuteo, F. columbarius).

    Kazakh upland

  • Only 16 birds are recorded, most noticeable among them being the blue chaffinch Fringilla teydea teydea, the wild canary Serinus canaria, Berthelot's pipit Anthus berthelotii berthelotii, the commonest bird, kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis, long eared owl Asio otus canariensis and Barbary partridge Alectoris barbara.

    Teide National Park, Spain

  • A few examples are capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), and kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).

    Dinaric Mountains mixed forests

  • The Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) also still survives, and we do not grudge it a prolonged lease of life.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • Falconidae, with special reference perhaps to the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the hobby (Hypotriorchis subbuteo), and the lesser kestrel (Tin, Cenchris).

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Russia it is (or rather was) so sociable that Nordmann saw them in numerous bands, with other falcons (Falco tinnunculus, F. oesulon, and F. subbuteo), coming together every fine afternoon about four o'clock, and enjoying their sports till late in the night.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution

  • "Haddayas" (_Milvus ater_, or black kite) and kestrels (_Falco tinnunculus_) were flying about this deserted burial-place, which one might almost have fancied to be the spirits of the departed.

    The Caravan Route between Egypt and Syria

  • Other species include short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus), kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), and eagle owl (Bubo bubo).

    Cantabrian mixed forests

  • Bird subspecies restricted to the Canary Islands include a subspecies of kestrel (Falco tinnunculus teneriffae), a grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea canariensis), a long-eared owl (Asio otus canariensis), three subspecies of chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs tintillon, F.c. ombriosa, F.c. palmae), a Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis) and two subspecies of great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major canariensis, D.m. thanneri).

    Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests


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