12/27/15 I found a parakeet in the grass behind my office. I live in the Tidewater area of Virginia and, fortunately, the weather has been very mild. I dropped a soft cloth over the bird, gently placed it in a box and then went to Petco. It now has a nice cage, food, water, toys, and cuttle bone. Should I get it a companion? I am not sure of the sex but have been told that because of the absence of markings on its beak it is a female or a very young male. It appears full grown to me. If I posted photos could you help me determine the sex? I am new to this forum and do not know how to post photos yet. I wish this little bird to be happy and healthy. Thank you and I look forward to your advice.