duck hawk

noun
a peregrine falcon of the American subspecies Falco peregrinus anatum, noted for its especially swift flight.

Origin:
1805–15, Americanism

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duck hawk
 
n
a variety of peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, occurring in North America

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Other names for peregrine falcon include duck hawk, great-footed hawk, and wandering falcon.
The peregrine falcon, often referred to as the duck hawk, feeds primarily on birds.
Because of its habit of preying on waterfowl, the peregrine falcon has historically been referred to as the duck hawk.
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