I've always felt that Staraptor should've been Fighting/Flying type, since it can learn Close Combat and it's a fighter (in more ways than one). It would've mixed up the early-region bird lines a little bit. (Now I know that type combo goes to Hawlucha.)The Bestest Early Bird There Ever Was:
This thing was pretty good in my Sinnoh playthroughs (when I get to Platinum I'll probably use one) especially now I know that Return is actually a good move. Younger me was absolutely stunned that this bird could learn Close Combat and I really did like its plucky and combative attitude and design. It just looks cool, you know? So this is a solid birb choice.