Like many of the Sunbird leaders, Stephen Menzie’s interest in birds goes “as far back as he can remember”, with his earliest avian memories being House Sparrows and tits on the feeder that his parents erected outside the living patio window when he was a toddler – it was a blessing for them, too, as Stephen used to sit quietly for hours on end watching the birds come and go. By the age of two-and-a-half he could (per his parents) separate Blue and Great Tits and male and female sparrows. His interests haven’t changed dramatically in the following two-and-a-half decades: passerines are still his favourite group, and he holds a deep interest in identification, moult, and ageing.
Stephen has spent several years of his life living and working abroad, first as a ringer in Spain and then at Falsterbo Bird Observatory, Sweden. He has travelled across the ‘wider’ Western Palearctic, with some of his fondest birding memories coming from the high peaks or the Pyrenees and the deserts of Morocco and Oman. A member of the British Birds editorial board, Stephen can often be found with his head in his laptop, reading, writing or reviewing a paper. Originally from Liverpool, he now lives in London where he works in natural history app development. When he’s not doing something bird related, Stephen enjoys nothing more than an evening at the ballet.
Updated: February 2017