An album featuring sounds of endangered Australian birds topped the country’s music charts after heavy pressure on social media.
“Songs of Disappearance” was released on December 3, featuring various recordings and call sounds from 53 of Australia’s most endangered bird species.
The tracks listed include “the incredible diversity of the Australian soundscape and highlight what we risk losing without taking action,” the album’s official website says. “Immerse yourself in a chorus of iconic cockatoos, the hum of winter birds, an eerie symphony of seabirds and the haunting call of one of the last remaining nocturnal parrots.”
The sounds were collected by animal sound recorder David Stewart, who reportedly spent three decades recording the less heard sounds of the Australian bush.
The album was reportedly the brainchild of a doctoral student at Charles Darwin University in Australia, and was released by multimedia label The Bowerbird Collective in collaboration with BirdLife Australia.
Founded in 1901, BirdLife Australia is “dedicated to achieving exceptional conservation results for our native birds and their habitats,” according to the organization’s website.
“This album is a very special record with some rare recordings of birds that might not survive if we don’t come together to protect them,” Paul Sullivan, CEO of BirdLife Australia, told the Australian magazine. The music network. “While this campaign is fun, there is a serious side to what we are doing, and it is heartening to see avid bird enthusiasts showing governments and businesses that Australians care about these important birds.”
A few days after its release, the album enjoyed increasing popularity among Australians, in large part thanks to a massive promotional effort on social media. The web campaign helped propel the album into one of the country’s most popular, selling over 3,000 copies.
On the ARIA chart, Australia’s premier music sales chart, “Songs of Disappearance” debuted at No. 5 of the nation’s top 50 albums.
This puts him ahead of the works of pop music superstars like Olivia Rodrigo and Dua Lipa.
Proceeds from sales of the album will benefit bird conservation across Australia.
The hype around “Songs of Disappearance” stems from the fact that many species of birds, and Australian wildlife in general, continue to be threatened by habitat loss.
A Charles Darwin University study found that one in six bird species in Australia was threatened, mainly due to habitat loss from bushfires, as well as climate change. A further estimate from BirdLife Australia found that the number of endangered birds may have increased by up to 25 percent.
“Most of Australia’s wildlife is found nowhere else in the world, which makes its conservation even more important,” according to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). “45% of our bird species are found only in Australia. “
Some of the native birds featured on the album include the Night Parrot, whose song was “entirely unknown to science until 2013,” said The Guardian, and the regent honeyeater, “which is now so rare that it literally loses its own voice due to loneliness.”
News week contacted AWC for comment.