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1. (noun) New Zealand falcon, Falco novaeseelandiae, bush hawk, bush falcon - a fast-flying bird of prey which often perches high in trees or on a rock and swoops to catch its prey.
Ka tau rātou ki te kai, ka noho kē tētahi ki runga rawa i tētahi rākau hei tūtei, ka kite ia i te kāhu, i te kārearea rānei e rere ana, ka puta tana tangi kē (TWM 18/7/1867:3). / When they land to eat one remains right up in a tree as a sentry and when it sees a harrier hawk or a New Zealand falcon it utters a sharp screech.
See also kāeaea
Audio courtesy of McPherson Natural History Unit