I had the pleasure of befriending one of these animals. Despite popular opinion, I find ichthyornis birds to be quite charming and graceful. So much that I found myself taming one. After he woke up, I saw a fire in Greg. From then on, we would be best friends. He’d come with me everywhere. From simple resource gathering to Bronto taming, Greg would be there supporting me from my shoulder. When I was too tired to go fishing or hunting, Greg was there to do it for me. He even makes the effort to make sure I get the best meat out of it. He is a quick learner, he went from from level 20 to level 40 in a day. Anywhere I go, he comes. Anything I need, he makes it his top priority. To this day, Greg continues to be my best friend and sometimes we just hang out on the beach or go fishing even when the resources aren’t needed. I thank Greg for his time with me and his endless favors that he has completed for me. Thank you, Greg.
When set to "Hunt & Retrieve" it will bring you dodos or fish and the dodos will give raw prime or a few of it. And fish will give raw prime fish meat. You'll know cause the corpse will glow yellow as the icthyornis is bringing it to you!
They can be used for getting prime meat fresh when doing a tame. Just knock the dino out then use this guy on a nearby dodo or any other small thing and youll have some fresh prime to give to your soon to be pal.
So these are actually useful. If you use it to attack dodos, lystros, fish and other small creatures it kills them and they glow. When they glow and you harvest them you get prime meat from land animals and prime fish from fish.
When tamed it can get fish and instantly kill them in Hunt and Retrieve, it will glow yellow and you can get Raw Prime Fish off it. Also it can hunt and instantly kill Lystro while on Hunt and Retrieve, and it will glow yellow and give some Raw Prime Meat. However, it can't do this with Dodos, at least not in Primative Plus, maybe in normal Ark it can do this with Dodos.