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

n the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle)

Synonyms:
aery, eyrie, eyry
Type of:
bird nest, bird's nest, birdnest
nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young

n any habitation at a high altitude

Synonyms:
aery, eyrie, eyry
Type of:
habitation
the native habitat or home of an animal or plant

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