Noctowl vs Swellow
Both are early bird Pokemon, both are Normal/Flying. Both only have one evolutionary chain. Noctowl is defensive, Swellow is offensive. Fearow's not involved here at all. Without that third wheel (who really should just be compared to Dodrio), who will win?
Which is your favorite?
Which is more useful?
Who would win in a battle?
As much as I love Noctowl, Swellow is probably my favorite starting bird to date, so I'm abliged to pick him.