Talonflame can either be your perfect daycare mon between flying and hatching duties, or hit with some of the strongest priority in the game. If you're talking about raw practical use in or out of battle, you can't reasonably say its the worst.
And then Staraptor is simply the gold standard for physical/normal flying. Pretty awesome that it's actually possible for a route 1 bird to be totally online viable when you finish the main game without needing to breed or horde hunt.
You can't call him out for being wrong when he never intended to be right - Stephen Colbert "Bad Mojo" is not a diagnosis - Dr. Foreman, House, M.D.