Female Rock Thrush - Mount Lasem , IranThe Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush or just Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae in Iran. It breeds in northern heights of Iran spread from north east to north west across central Alborz.

This species is strongly migratory, all populations wintering in Africa south of the Sahara. We still need more observation reports to understand if they do have local migrations in Iran rather than leaving the country. It is an uncommon visitor to lower altitudes of Iran but reported from south east and western heights as well. Its range has contracted somewhat at the periphery in recent decades due to habitat destruction specialy road constructions through Iran Alborz region.Early spring male Rock Thrush on spring avalanche - Central Alborz , Iran