Common Name: Pelagornis
Species: Pelagornis miocaenus
Time Period: Miocene
The Pelagornis is a very shy creature that will instantly run at any hint of danger. The Pelagornis is a relatively large bird, only being able to be carried by a Megalosaurus. The Pelagornis is best to be compared to a modern day pelican bird, as these are most commonly found fishing near any water source with water creatures.
The Pelagornis prefers kibble that is made from a Compy Egg and killing one will yield hide and raw meat. Once tamed, you can ride one using a level forty Pelagornis Saddle. The Pelagornis has the ability to damage thatch structures and lays Pelagornis Eggs.
If you have your own server, you can enter the following string into the console to instantly spawn one: admincheat summon Pela_Character_BP_C
How to Tame and Ride the Pelagornis
The Pelagornis is tamed through traditional knock out methods. If you are encountering a level thirty one, you will need to hit it 14 times with a sling shot, 4 times with a tranquilizer arrow, or just 2 times with a tranquilizer dart to knock it out. It highly prefers the kibble from a compy egg, but if you do not have this, raw prime fish meat is the next best alternative. It will either take four units of the kibble, or twenty five units of the fish to successfully tame it. It will take a total taming time of between 15 and 30 minutes to tame it depending upon which method you use.
If you are looking for tips to knock one of these guys out, I recommend just using a plain old bow and arrow. There really isn’t much strategy needed to take one down as they are very weak, but you can immobilize one by using a bola trap, bear trap, large bear trap, or a Plant Species Y Trap. You can also use a Pteranodon to attack it and lure it towards the shore so that you can attack it from the land without having to worry about killing it with your dinosaur. The easiest way to get one of these guys reliably is to just bring it somewhere where you can stand on land and attack it from the shore.
Once you have one tamed, the Pelagornis has a lot of utility that it can offer your tribe. For example, the Pelagornis is relatively weak, so you can use this to your advantage to knock out other creatures without actually killing them. You can attack some weaker creatures and get them right to the point where they are going to be knoked out. You can also use them as a swimming mount.
Whenever you are landing towards water, the Pelagornis will actually swim on the surface and swim at a super high pace. This can come in handy if you need to travel long distances that are above water as it will not use the stamina of the bird if you are traveling in the water. Note that whenever you are using it as a water mount, the Pelagornis will naturally draw big water creatures towards your area, so you may have to go back to flying sooner than you’d think.
The Pelagornis can also be used to farm resources super efficiently. The Pelagornis is best at farming for raw fish meat, but it can also harvest organic polymer at a high rate as well. If you are located near the tundra areas, the Pelagornis will go and attack penguins and bring you back the polymer that they have on them. This is a great thing because the Pelagornis can harvest hundreds of these in a short period of time, coming in clutch and saving your tribe the hassle of having to farm it out for themselves.
Arguably the best thing that the Pelagornis provides for your team is the fact that it gains a huge damage bonus towards all aquatic animals. This can be used to take down piranhas, salmon, and coels at a super fast rate and gaining their resources super quickly.
Wild: The much larger ancestor of water birds like the stork or pelican, Pelagornis miocaenus shares many traits with its modern-day brethren. However, it seems to spend much more time hunting for fish over the open deep-sea.
Domesticated: Because of its ability to fly, walk, and surface-swim, a tamed Pelagornis is one of the island’s most versatile mounts, but this comes at a cost. The same webbed feet that allow Pelagornis to serenely maneuver along the ocean’s surface prevent it from snatching prey from the ground, which may limit its appeal to some survivors.
Known Information: In fact, I have rarely spotted a wild Pelagornis anywhere near the coasts of the main Island, as it prefers to rest its wings by paddling along on the ocean’s surface rather than waddling along the Island’s beaches. Perhaps this behavior is a result of its survival instincts. The early Miocene was a post-dinosaur epoch, after all, and Pelagornis would not be accustomed to such predators. Considering how quickly it flees from humans, one can hardly blame its caution.