Rockin’ Robin! Album made up entirely of tweets and squawks from endangered BIRDS debuts in Australia’s top charts – surpassing Mariah Carey and Michael Buble

  • BirdLife Australia produced the Songs of Disappearance album.
  • The birdsongs from 53 endangered bird species in Australia are featured.
  • It currently ranks at five on the Australia Aria Chart, ahead of Michael Buble’s Christmas and Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour.

Many festive favorites have returned to the top of the charts, including All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey and Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.

An unexpected album, made entirely from tweets and scrawaks about endangered birds, has been able to surpass its Australian counterparts.

BirdLife Australia created the album Songs of Disappearance. It features 53 of Australia’s most endangered bird species singing their songs.

It is amazing to see the album at number five in Australia Aria charts. This puts it above Michael Buble’s Christmas, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, and even ABBA’s Voyage.

The album, called Songs of Disappearance, was created by BirdLife Australia, and features the birdsongs of 53 of Australia's most threatened bird species

BirdLife Australia produced the Songs of Disappearance album. The collection features songs from 53 of Australia’s most endangered birds.

Amazingly, the album is currently at number five in the Australia Aria chart, placing it ahead of Michael Buble's Christmas, Olivia Rodrigo's Sour and even ABBA's Voyage

It’s amazing to see the album at number five in Australia Aria charts. This puts it above Michael Buble’s Christmas, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, and even ABBA’s Voyage.

New Red List species 

Red List, Amber List 2015 and now:  

  • Swift
  • House Martin 
  • Dunlin
  • Bewick’s Swan 
  • Smew
  • Goldeneye 
  • Montagu’s Harrier 
  • Purple Sandpiper  
  • Leach’s Storm Petrel 

Green List 2015 and now Red List

BirdLife Australia wrote on their website: “We did it!” 

‘Thanks to your incredible support we reached #5 in the ARIA charts, ahead of ABBA, Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé.’

David Stewart, wildlife recordist and bird song expert, has recorded the birdsongs of endangered species.

BirdLife Australia stated that this album contains pure birdong and 53 species of endangered birds.

“The title song celebrates Australia’s amazing diversity and highlights the dangers of not taking action.

“Be immersed in an iconic chorus of cockatoos. The buzzing of bowerbirds. A bizarre symphony seabirds. And the haunting cry of one the last remaining nightparrots.

BirdLife Australia will benefit from proceeds of album sales. 

Paul Sullivan (BirdLife Australia CEO) said to The Music Network: “This record is very special with some rare recordings from birds that might not survive if they don’t get together to save them.”

“While this campaign can be fun, it has a serious side. I find it heartening that bird enthusiasts are showing government and business officials that Australia cares about the birds.

The album can be purchased from BirdLife Australia’s website.  

The IUCN Red List indicates that 13% of bird species are in danger of extinction.

According to a report released by the RSPB, over one-fourth of bird species in UK are in urgent need of conservation actions. 

The album features birdsong from various endangered species including the gang-gang cockatoo (pictured), which were recorded by wildlife recordist David Stewart

This album contains birdsongs from endangered species, including the Gang-gang Cockatoo (pictured), recorded by David Stewart, wildlife recordist.

The latest status assessment by the charity of all UK’s regularly-occurring bird species has been released.

Surprisingly, 29% of all species (or 70%) are currently of highest conservation concern and have been added to the Red List. 

Bird species now in the Red List – including the Swift, House Martin and Greenfinch – are of the ‘highest conservation priority’ and in need of ‘urgent action’, mostly due to severe population declines, RSPB says.  


To communicate with each other, birds use their voices.

When you live in small areas and are surrounded by dense vegetation, such as rain forests, sharp tunes can be a great way to communicate with others over distance.

Most birds use specific sounds to identify their species and communicate with nearby threats.

Birdsong, a special type of call that many species use to help their mates, is one example.

Birdsong is almost exclusively male-only. It helps to show that a singer is healthy, fit and ready for breeding.