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Posted: 20th December 2021

Endangered Australian birds top music charts
Pictured: A gang-gang cockatoo, one of the species featured on the album.

BirdLife Australia created the album to celebrate the diversity of Australia's wildlife. 

Endangered birds in Australia have become chart toppers after an album created using their tweets and squawks has debuted in the top five of Australia's Aria music charts, as reported by BBC News.

Songs of Disappearance, created by BirdLife Australia, features birdsong from 53 of Australia's most endangered species. 

Released on 3 December, the album was accompanied by a social media campaign to get into the charts and raise awareness of the need to protect these species. 

BirdLife Australia's CEO Paul Sullivan told The Music Network: "This album is a very special record with some rare recordings of birds that may not survive if we don't come together to protect them.

"While this campaign is fun, there's a serious side to what we're doing, and it's been heartening to see bird enthusiasts showing governments and businesses that Australians care about these important birds.”

The recordings used on the album were recorded by David Stewart, who has spend over 30 years collecting the sounds of Australia's wildlife. Some sounds took hours of waiting for even the smallest noise!

Songs of Disappearance has even overtaken Abba, The Weeknd, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey on the chart, and can be listened to here

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