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Last Updated: Wednesday October 20 2010 07:15 GMT

More rare birds found in Scotland

Corncrake bird

The numbers of rare corncrake birds living in Scotland has gone up for the first time in three years.

The shy bird was once seen across the whole of the UK.

Now the singing birds only migrate to Scotland from Africa each summer. The tall grass often found on farms makes it ideal for shelter for the birds and protection for their young.

Counts carried out by the RSPB show there are 1,193 male birds in Scotland, that's 66 more than last year.

Only male birds can be counted because the females are really quiet and very hard to find.

Lots of work has been done by farmers to change the way they look after land so that the birds can survive.