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Endangered Bird Sounds Hit Australia’s Top 10 Albums

Rivaling the biggest pop stars on the music charts of Australia is a collection of natural sounds that are under threat.

What you need to know:

  • An album of bird sounds that are endangered was ranked No. 3 in Australia’s top 50 albums chart in the month of March.

  • It is known as Songs of Disappearance The album consists of sounds from 53 of the country’s endangered bird species including the golden bowerbird Christmas Island frigatebird, and the Christmas Island imperial pigeon.

  • When it reached the No. 3 position, which was behind Adele and Ed Sheeran.

  • The album was created by Anthony Albrecht, a musician and PhD student at Charles Darwin University. All profits from sales of the album go to Birdlife Australia.

  • A study that found that 1 in 6 Australian birds species is now threatened was also released along with the album. The creators are hopeful that increased awareness will make an impact on protecting the birds.

This is an excerpt from the article “An Album Made Entirely of Endangered Bird Sounds Beat Taylor Swift on a Top 50 Chart,” published by NPR on January 9. The full article can be found at

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