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Re: Microraptor also ate fish
>The morphology of _Microraptor_ indicates a theropod that targeted a
>wide variety of small prey. IMHO, the reason it had scansorial
>abilities was so it could climb trees to procure small arboreal prey;
>and the reason it had "wings" was so it could return to the ground
Catching an adult bird in a tree, especially a full-on perching bird, which
likely will be located in the terminal branch environment - that is one heck of
I have seen snakes do it - owls try, and I assume they succeed on occasion,
having heard crows signal mortal distress late at night.
I have never seen a cat even attempt such, though - barring nest robbing. What
extant animals are cited as analogs?
Anyhow, I would expect the wings to be more useful as a sort of safety net in
the event of a 'swing and a miss', which would likely cause a fall - although
handy for quick exits, if need be.
I assume ground level would be the more competive environment if you happened
to be holding some fresh Confuciornis, and so the return to ground would likely
occur after a good meal - but who knows?