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This slim wagtail has a narrow white supercilium and a broken eye ring. The upperparts are grey and the yellow vent contrasting with whitish underparts makes it distinctive. The breeding male has a black throat that is edged by whitish moustachial stripes.
The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa.They forage singly or in pairs on meadows or on shallow water marshes. They also use rocks in water and will often perch on trees.
The female and babies were indeed in the sides of a river.