(syn. Falco Ϯ Merlin F. columbarius) L. tinnunculus  kestrel  < tinnulus  shrill sounding  < tinnire  to ring; "LA CRESSERELLE DES PIGEONS, Tinnunculus columbarius.  ...  LA CRESSERELLE ŒSALON, Tinnunculus sparverius" (Vieillot 1807); "Tinnunculus Vieillot, Ois. Am. Sept., 1, 1807, p. 39. Type, by subsequent designation, Falco columbarius Linné. (Sharpe, Cat. Bds. Brit. Mus., 1, 874, p. 374.)" (Peters 1931, 1, 294).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 22 January 2019).