A rookery is a colony of breeding animals.
The term is most commonly applied to the nesting place of birds, such as the crow and rook, a bird similar to the crow, but smaller. The term is also used to describe the breeding grounds of the penguin and seabirds in general.
A rookery may also be a place where marine mammals such as the seal, sea lion, and walrus breed, give birth, and nurse their young, such as a beach or similar location.
A turtle rookery is typically a beach where the adult female nests and buries her eggs.
Archeological evidence points to the existence of a pterodaustro
rookery. In Argentina
, the lagarcito formation
contained pterosaur nests, and layers of bodies of the pterodaustro.
In the book Lostan's River
by Cynthia DeFelice
, Tyler and Tommy go to a plum birds
rookery. Then Tyler takes Mr Strawbridge to that location. When Mr Strawbrdge meets the Plume Hunters he dies.
The term 'rookery
' was also used as a name for dense slum
housing in nineteenth-century cities, and especially London
. Both St Giles and the Seven Dials were described as rookeries.