HawkingCatching prey in the air. In one sense, 'hawking' is an alternative name for falconry. Otherwise it refers to the capture of flying insects by birds, not only by the specialists such as the various kinds of aerial feeder but also by the opportunists, as when Starlings Sturnus vulgaris exploit a hatch of flying ants.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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