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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.

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.


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.

— The Dossier

The Pelagornis is a medium sized carnivorous (piscivorous) bird found near beaches throughout the Ark.

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A relative of modern seagulls, Pelagornis is instantly recognizable from the more common Icthyornis by its size. With a wingspan rivaling Argentavis, it also possesses a beak filled with tooth-like projections for snagging fish, as well as webbed feet for paddling upon the ocean surface when it must rest its wings.


Flying a tamed Pelagornis into the water will cause it to "land", and swim around until you take off again.





  • The dossier was revealed on May 30, 2016.
  • Won't eat raw meat. Only fish.
  • Pelagornis will throw you off his back if you're flying over lava. Be careful!
  • You can place rafts while riding on one

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • The Pelagornis miocaenus is the same name as the type species of genus Pelagornis, the genus name means 'miocene' in Latin.
  • With a wingspan of around 6 m (20 ft), Pelagornis was one of the longest wingspan flying birds in history (Argentavis could have been bigger, but its wingspan is unknown).


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Patch 245- Pelagornis, Allosaurus, Fishing & More!