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Re: Third claw for climbing was Re: Pro(to)avis
So there's nothing to say that our purported Pouncing Proavis is either
hunting alone *or* directly pouncing on prey.
I should have thought of the first point!
Maybe small family groups
are using pouncing to get down from lookout positions all *around* prey,
greatly increasing their collective chances of making the capture
without trying to do the direct, modern, hawk-pounce on it. [...]
Pouncing wouldn't even have to be particularly *close* to prey for that
to work; it would just have to provide a modest improvement to the odds
of prey capture.
Would it really be an improvement over just jumping down straight and then
running, at least when the cost of the feathers etc. is taken into account?