This basically answers it for me. Derpy pelican is far too derpy and nowhere near as useful imo. D:Who has a better design?
Hmm...Kawaii Cloud Bird, Generic Flying Starter Bird, Or Derpican? Altaria by far.
Who is more useful?
Swellow's alright, but guts isn't terribly useful in-game. Pelipper's outclassed by things that don't fry easily (and Gyara if you want to go that far) Whereas here he have a Dragon-type that isn't a total pain to level up in-game due to its low level once caught. Sides, it learns some great support moves.
Who would you have on your team?
Altaria, due to above.
Who is the cutest?
Who is the coolest?
Swellow just glares at everything before slicing their vital organs open.
So yeah, Altaria beats them all easily.