The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

Posted: February 20, 2019
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America
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With his Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America author Matt Kracht, well, takes a solid Kracht at convincing me to buy a book about a topic I'm otherwise uninterested in. Birds, bird watching, bird feeding, knowing the names of birds and what they look like - unless we're talking about a woodpecker that's waking me up at 4:30 a.m. or a Canada Goose that's aggressively pursuing me as I run around a lake, I'd rather go sock shopping than read a field guide to birds.


The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America throws in snark, and profanity. And acknowledges that the Canada Goose should really be called the Goddamned Canada Goose. Plus that a bird called the White-Breasted Nuthatch, which I've never heard of, would be better received as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget. Ha! Haha! Calling a bird a butt nugget! Now that is some aviary humor I'd like some more of.

In his twist on the standard reverent field guide Kracht includes 50 common North American birds typically associated with qualities of idiocy and assholishness. Entries include facts about the bird's awful call, dumb migratory pattern, and ugly markings, and are all accompanied by angry ink drawings.

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