Songs of Disappearance features birdsongs of 53 of the rarest species in Australia on the brink of extinction.
Two positives: This entire album of whistles and screeches from Australian birds made history by entering the Top Five ARIA album charts, surpassing Mariah Carey and ABBA. (Bird calls are popular!); and sale proceeds are being donated to BirdLife Australia’s conservation efforts (so buying it’s a simple way to help).
Stephen Garnett is one. He says 96 of the nation’s 314 most threatened birds have become more endangered over the past decade. And: Greenhouse gas emissions will have to be reduced if species like golden bowerbirds (Track 7 on the album), which are being hit by climate change in North Queensland, are to be saved long-term.
Clearly, it’s time to make a song and dance about our disappearing Aussie birds.