aerie

An aerie is the nest of a large bird of prey somewhere high up, such as the branch of a tree or a clifftop.

Don't confuse aerie with airy, meaning spacious and well ventilated (though it's a safe bet that given their location most aeries are exactly that). The word also has the meaning of a human residence that's perched high up — particularly an artist's garret, for example, in the eaves of a building.

Definitions of aerie
  1. noun
    the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle)
    synonyms: aery, eyrie, eyry
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    type of:
    bird nest, bird's nest, birdnest
    nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young
  2. noun
    any habitation at a high altitude
    synonyms: aery, eyrie, eyry
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    type of:
    habitation
    the native habitat or home of an animal or plant
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