A small, slender European hawk (Falco alaudarius
), allied to the sparrow hawk. Its color is reddish fawn, streaked and spotted with white and black. Also called windhover
. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster
" This word is often used in contempt, as of a mean kind of hawk. “Kites and kestrels have a resemblance with hawks.”" Bacon.