Pets of the winged variety make excellent companions. They are bright and beautiful; their songs make a home come alive; and their “human-like” voices and antics can provide for countless hours of entertainment and amusement. Yet one of the most distinguishing traits of birds in comparison with more “traditional” companion animals is their lifespan. Some species of captive birds can live for over 50 years. That’s why it’s so important to find a veterinarian experienced in avian care.