Manhattan —

A Goffin’s cockatoo, looking for some attention, pokes its beak out of a plastic enclosure and chirps. Down the hall, a pigeon with a fractured wing is operated on, a mourning dove has its physical exam, and a Uromastyx, a spiny-tailed lizard, is given an oral calcium supplement.

The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine on the Upper West Side is the only hospital of its kind in New York City, and one of roughly 10 exotics-only veterinary practices in the United States.