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Effin' Birds: A Guide to Field Identification

By Aaron Reynolds

A compact, comprehensive and very silly field guide, featuring more than 200 of the best, rudest, and most hilarious Effin' Birds!

Humour | Illustrated
392% funded
1919 supporters

Publication date: Autumn 2019

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You made Effin' Birds: A Guide to Field Identification a reality. It's available in all good book stores now.
101 pledges

Digital Bird!

A digital copy of the book
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$40  + shipping
261 pledges

Pin a Bird!

The Effin' Birds pin badge plus the hardback and ebook.
114 pledges

Digital and Deck of Birds!

A digital copy of the book plus an exclusive Deck of Effin' Birds Playing Cards!
$45  + shipping
172 pledges

Send a Bird!

A set of 8 postcards, four classic black and white birds and four of John Audubon's full colour beauties. Plus the hardback and ebook.
$55  + shipping
60 pledges

Signed Bird!

A copy of the first edition hardback with a personalised bookplate signed by the creator of Effin' Birds, Aaron Reynolds. Plus the ebook. *Limited to 60
$60  + shipping
35 pledges

Son of a Bird!

A copy of the first edition hardback with a special bookplate signed by the creator of Effin' Birds, Aaron Reynolds AND his young son Nolan, author and creator of the Eat Farts Eagle. Plus the ebook. *Limited to 35
$60  + shipping
111 pledges

Two Birds!

Two copies of the hardback, plus the ebook, and you only pay one round of shipping.
$70  + shipping
121 pledges

Mug of Birds!

A brand new Effin' Birds mug, EXCLUSIVE to Unbound, only available through this campaign. This level also gets you the hardback and ebook.
$90  + shipping
75 pledges

Picture of Birds!

A high-quality art print of the new, "Look at this Clusterfuck" Effin' Bird, specially chosen by creator Aaron Reynolds. EXCLUSIVE to Unbound. This level also gets you the hardback and ebook.
$90  + shipping
27 pledges

Three Birds!

Three copies of the hardback, plus the ebook, and you only pay one round of shipping.
$100  + shipping
9 pledges

Notebook of Birds!

An EXCLUSIVE Effin' Birds Notebook. A5 size, 160-192 ruled pages, plus the hardback and ebook.
$115  + shipping
62 pledges

Deck of Birds!

NEW! A deck of Effin' Birds playing cards. Not yet available elsewhere, backers at this level will get the cards before anyone else in the Effin' World. This level also gets you the first edition hardback, a pin badge, and the ebook.
$115  + shipping
2 pledges

Bird in your Mailbox!

An exclusive Effin' Birds postcard, personally written to you by Aaron Reynolds, mailed right to your door. Plus the first edition hardback, the pin badge, and ebook.
$130  + shipping
37 pledges

Double the Birds!

Insult a friend! Two copies of the hardback, two exclusive mugs and only one lot of shipping. Plus the ebook.
$130  + shipping
8 pledges

Sheet of Birds!

The exclusive uncut sheet of Effin' Birds Playing Cards as a huge poster, approximately 24x30in, featuring all 52 of the Effin' Playing Cards. Plus the hardback and ebook.
$750  + shipping
3 pledges

Be in the Book!

Your phrase on a bird, printed in the book for all to see. Includes two copies of the hardback, a bookplate signed by Aaron and his son - the creator of the Eat Farts Eagle - plus the ebook, a pin badge, mug, deck of cards and set of postcards. *This level is subject to author and publisher approval. Limited to 3.
$3,000  + shipping

Super Bird!

Become a patron of Effin' Birds. This level gets three copies of the hardback, the extras in the other levels (except Be in the Book!), PLUS a fully personalised, laser-engraved leather-bound notebook. *Limited to 5

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The most eagerly anticipated new volume in the grand and noble profession of nature writing and bird identification. Sitting proudly alongside Sibley, Kaufman and Peterson, Effin' Birds: A Guide to Field Identification contains over 160 pages crammed full of the classic, monochrome plumage of vintage woodcut art which made the Effin' Birds a household name, and the full, Technicolour glory of John James Audubon’s most beautiful work. Including never-before-seen Birds, insults, and extra material, this Guide is a must-have for any Effin' Fan.

Entries include stunningly accurate illustrations and accompanying fowl-mouthed bird calls. Plus, descriptive captions indicating the type of bird and where you can find them in modern, working life. Each entry has no information at all on nesting, behaviour, food, eggs, feathers… err… flying? What else do birds do?

This field guide does include:

  • Scientifically accurate and beautiful illustrations of birds
  • Swearing. A lot of swearing.
  • Incisive commentary on modern life and the world we, as humans, must navigate. 
  •  … It’s just some pictures of fuckin' birds, ok?

The Effin’ Birds were created by Aaron Reynolds, the social media genius behind BatLabels and SwearTrek. He’s made his name being rude on the internet with serious pictures of birds to convey his day-to-day frustrations, funny encounters, and his most eye-roll-inducing office moments. By day, a software instructor, by night an internet sensation, Aaron owes his entire success to his young son who came up with the Eat Farts Eagle.

Effin' Birds: A Guide to Field Identification features such gems as the Nope Bird, the Gandalf Owl, and the More Fucking Meetings Duck, but this book takes the Effin Birds one step further by giving them context, backgrounds and lives of their own.



  • Over 160 pages.
  • Two 16 page colour plate sections featuring John James Audubon’s illustrations.
  • Hardback
  • Full colour dustjacket
  • 222 x 178mm
  • EXCLUSIVE pledge levels, including mugs, prints, and a bespoke, leather-bound notebook.



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    Aaron Reynolds

    Aaron Reynolds makes a lot of weird stuff on the internet, he's the writer of @EffinBirds and @swear_trek and the curator of @BatLabels. In his spare time between being hilarious on social media, he's a software instructor, which is where most of his Effin' inspiration comes from.

  • Aaron Reynolds has written 2 private updates. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    14th March 2018 200%

    Wow. A few months back when Editor Beth approached me about this project, I thought the pledge target for it was higher than I could manage. I am thrilled to have been so wrong.

    I made a few stretch goal promises on Twitter, and we’ve hit them all! I said that if we reached 200%, I would do signed bookplates for every physical copy. So, if you pledged for any level that includes a hardcover book…

    13th February 2018 Welcome to the Effin' Campaign

    Back in May when I started making Effin' Birds on Twitter I had no idea that I would find myself here. I have all of you to thank for it. And now I'd like to ask for your help in spreading this project as far and as wide as we can, to all of those people who won't know how much they need Effin' Birds in their life until you tell them.

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  • John Cunningham
    John Cunningham asked:

    Hi there. I very happily purchased the Be In The Book level and was wondering how the process for finalizing the page will work?

    Aaron Reynolds
    Aaron Reynolds replied:

    Hi John! Thanks for your support. Step one will be to figure out what you want to say. As I approach the page that will contain your bird, I’ll send you an email to the address in your Unbound profile. If necessary we’ll talk about massaging it a bit, and I’ll present you with a few bird choices. Finally, my editor here will either commend us on how hilarious we both are or will tell us to go back and do it again. How’s that sound?

    Daniel mcdonald
    Daniel mcdonald asked:

    Why the fuck is the highest tier 2k?

    Aaron Reynolds
    Aaron Reynolds replied:

    When doing a custom, one-off design on a leather notebook we end up destroying a lot of notebooks with the laser. It sounds fun, but it’s really expensive.

    Michelle & Craig Holigroski
    Michelle & Craig Holigroski asked:

    Hi Aaron: Very excited to support and looking forward to receiving this book. I noticed that all supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. Is the name printed the one from the Unbound Account? I was hoping it would be since my husband and I purchased the Two Birds option. Thanks so much!

    Unbound replied:

    Hi Michelle, You can choose which name you want including, as long as the list is still open, which is true for Effin' Birds. Please see here for more details on how you do this: Best wishes, Unbound Support

    Socrates Frangis
    Socrates Frangis asked:

    Any updates on timeline / potential publishing and delivery date?

    Aaron Reynolds
    Aaron Reynolds replied:

    Yes! The manuscript is now in editing and I’m getting to have great conversations with DeAndra, my editor, about why I stubbornly resist using question marks. If you’ve ever tweeted at me about punctuation, you will know I am prepared to defend my choices. ;) So right now is text, next is layout — this book has got to be beautiful — then lots of people signing off on things, then printing and binding. We’re looking at next fall, which I know feels like a long way away, but it’s gonna be worth the wait.

    A b Mallory
    A b Mallory asked:

    The last update was months ago. What is the publishing/delivery timeline as of February 2019?

    Unbound replied:

    Hi there, The book is currently in the design and editorial stages and we're working towards a publication date in Autumn 2019. So if all goes to plan we should have books ready to send to subscribers in October 2019 latest. Unbound Support.

    Todd Spigener
    Todd Spigener asked:

    Any word on when mugs will ship?

    Unbound replied:

    All books should be dispatched this week Todd. Please look out for a dispatch email from Unbound. Best wishes, Unbound Support