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Rook nest colony – rookery

A rookery is a colony of breeding animals, generally birds.[1] A rookery is generally reserved for a colony of gregarious birds.[2]

While the term rookery may have come from the nesting habits of rooks, it is not reserved for corvids. Rooks – northern-European and central-Asian members of the crow family – nest in prominent colonies (multiple nests) at the tops of trees.[3]

The breeding grounds of colony-forming seabirds and marine mammals (true seals or sea lions) and even some turtles are also referred to[4] as rookeries.

The term "rookery" was also borrowed as a name for dense slum housing in nineteenth-century cities, especially in London.[5]

Paleontological evidence points to the existence of rookery-like colonies in the pterosaur Pterodaustro.[6]

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  1. ^ "Rookery". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ Mayntz, Melissa (December 17, 2020). "Rookery - Nesting Colonies". The Spruce. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  3. ^ "The Crow Family". Wild England. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ Ceriani, Weishampel, Ehrhart, Mansfield, Wunder (4 December 2017). "Foraging and recruitment hotspot dynamics for the largest Atlantic loggerhead turtle rookery". Scientific Reports. 7 (1): 16894. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17206-3. PMC 5715148. PMID 29203929.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "History of the Seven Dials Area". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
  6. ^ "Discovery News New Pterosaur Fossils Reveal Diversity". Archived from the original on 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-04-29.