Endangered bird calls fly up the ARIA albums list
An unexpected appearance in the top 5 ARIAs albums this week has people chirping.
Songs of Disappearance – Australian Bird Calls, is made up of 53 of Australia’s most threatened avian species and it has broken into the top of the ARIA charts this week – it’s ahead of the likes of ABBA, Michael Buble and Olivia Rodrigo.
Released by Birdlife Australia, the album coincides with a report on the impact of climate change on threatened species, with the album available across digital platforms and to purchase from songsofdisappearance.com.
Bird enthusiasts from around the country have flocked together to support the project.
Compiled in conjunction with The Bowerbird Collective and featuring recordings by renowned wildlife documenter David Stewart, among others, the album flew off shelves around the country, with Tweets flying and bird lovers egging each other on to support a much bigger cause.
“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,” said Paul Sullivan, CEO of BirdLife Australia.
“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.”
‘Songs of Disappearance’ also features a three-minute compilation of all the species on the album creating a magical chorus of rare birdsong.
The release of ‘Songs of Disappearance’ follows a once-in-a-decade scientific study led by Birdlife Australia and Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University, with input from more than 300 bird experts, which discovered that 1 in 6 (216 out of 1,299) species of birds in Australia are in imminent danger due to climate change – up from 195 in 2011.
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