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Endangered Australian birds top music charts
Pictured: A gang-gang cockatoo, one of the species featured on the album.

BirdLife Australia created the album to celebrate the diversity of Australia's wildlife. 

Endangered birds in Australia have become chart toppers after an album created using their tweets and squawks has debuted in the top five of Australia's Aria music charts, as reported by BBC News.

Songs of Disappearance, created by BirdLife Australia, features birdsong from 53 of Australia's most endangered species. 

Released on 3 December, the album was accompanied by a social media campaign to get into the charts and raise awareness of the need to protect these species. 

BirdLife Australia's CEO Paul Sullivan told The Music Network: "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.

"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.”

The recordings used on the album were recorded by David Stewart, who has spend over 30 years collecting the sounds of Australia's wildlife. Some sounds took hours of waiting for even the smallest noise!

Songs of Disappearance has even overtaken Abba, The Weeknd, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey on the chart, and can be listened to here

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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