The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America #MattKracht

It’s SPRING and if you live above the equator that means that the weather should be getting warmer and the dumb birds are hopping around and making their usual incessant noise and pooping on your cars and waking you at ungodly hours. I say “should’ because it is supposed to snow across most of North America this week and dumb because, hello? Who wakes up before the sun rises on purpose!?! 🙂  Yes, I love birds. I adore them. I feed them and attract them and I really do have a backyard wildlife habitat. Like the book, The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, I’m just being cheeky.


Matt Kracht has written a very funny, tongue in cheek guide to some of the most common birds found in North America. He has humorously renamed them so that we might easily remember them. For example, there is the White Breasted Butt Nugget, the Western Meadow Jerk or, simply, the damn crows. He tends to feel about crows the same way I do. The entire page is filled with Caw, Caw, Caw, Caw, Caw….. Yes, that really is all that you need to know about the damn crow, isn’t it?

iu0UIMXQJMKracht also accompanies each delightful paragraph of information with his own personal illustrations. Okay, some are better than others depending on how well he likes the bird. I won’t even show you the illustration of the crow which resembles something a two year old with a black marker might draw in a fit of rage. Again, very aptly done when considering the caw-caw-caw of the crow. Most, however, are beautifully rendered as you can see below:
black capped prickadeeDespite the irreverence, the information throughout the book, the details, the drawings – with a few noted exceptions – the maps, and the highlights are very informative. If I were teaching children about birds…. okay, well, there is some mild cursing but aside from that, I can assure you that kids definitely would remember these birds better than they would a regular field guide. Absolutely! I know that I will! It also makes for a terrific coffee table book and conversation piece. Guests have adored it! I adore it! I haven’t laughed this hard or this much in a very long time!!

Thank you to #netgalley, #ChronicleBooks and @MattKracht for my copy of #TheFieldGuidetoDumbBirdsofNorthAmerica and to Christopher @Plucked From the Stacks for recommending this book to his readers. Also, if you’ve never seen The Big Year  starring Jack Black and Steve Martin, also about birding, I highly recommend it. It is one hilarious movie!

9 thoughts on “The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America #MattKracht

    1. Right? I think he should travel everywhere and do this for “birders” all around the world. I had so much fun reading this book. The illustrations were hilarious. Perfect, well drawn birds for the ones he liked, horrible scribbles for the ones he didn’t. I loved it.

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  1. This sounds like good fun and I love the illustrations. I enjoy birdwatching and picking up bird books. We’re lucky to have a real variety where we are–about an hour away from a bird sanctuary so we see some pretty interesting ones.

    Glad you mentioned the film. I had caught a few minutes of this on TV some time ago, and wanted to watch the whole thing but didn’t remember the name.

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    1. We lived in the most bizarre part of Indianapolis. There was an apartment complex built over what had been an swimming hole in the latter part of the 1800s through the 1960s. The complex turned it into a “decorative pond” but someone forgot to tell the birds that migrated there! Our neighborhood was filled with most unique and unusual birds that truly should not have been anywhere near Indianapolis! We even had seagulls that migrated down from Lake Michigan. I have photographs of really strange things from that pond.

      As for the film, we had no idea it was going to be as funny as it was but with Steve Martin and Jack Black we should have known better. Enjoy!!

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      1. Sounds like a lovely place. The birds must have decided they needed a change too 🙂

        We get to see a range of birds here as well–pigeons, green pigeons,jungle babblers, parrots, mynas, koels, purple sunbirds, couple of kinds of doves, tailor birds, crows, hoopoes, etc pretty regularly and many others off and on.

        Th film looked like fun. What I saw of it on TV that time was probably somewhere towards the end, but it looked fun enough to want to see the whole thing.

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