Upgrade their stamina and weight a LOT. This flyer is worth it, upgrade his health and melee dmg enough and it can take out raptors on its own (my lvl24 pteranodon killed a lvl20 raptor and succeeded with half of his HP). These lovely birds are easily encumbered by the weight you're carrying so it's preferent if you use lighter armor and leave a few items in the storage so that it's not slow.
If you play on mobile and want to do the roll then go to settings left or right multi tap and chose alt attack 2 !!!
NOW FOR THE MAIN PART--- THESE THINGS CAN KILL GIGAS the normal roll does decent damage but if you roll and attack a dino while watching the dino through spyglass you can deal tons of damage (this works in mobile idk about other platforms) i killed tons of rexes,brontos,allos..etc. using this trick
How to do barrel roll on mobile: Go to settings and then go to controls then either go to left multi tap or right multi tap. Then select Reload/Alt attack2. When you are done, go and press on your screen twice on either left or ritght side. And you pteranodon can now do a barrel roll! Disclaimer:wastes stamina alot so be careful. Like so newbies see this!
My Pteranodon, Shan. Absolute legend. True trooper. Top dog. Killed level 139 Spino on his own. Only level 92. Killed 20 Therizinos. 5 Carnos, 19 Direbears. 31 Raptors, 2 griffins and one Argentavis including a Megalodon that poked its tail up. Can fly from East to west without landing for stamina once. Wiped out a whole crew of boas with 5 barrel rolls. Rescued my Dilophosaurs more than twice. Very useful Pteranodon.