The fluffy little robin in the holly bush was once a velociraptor.
Maybe that's why I'm so fond of him.
Once it's pointed out, the link is obvious. Birds have a dinosaur attitude. See how the strut!
And the dinosaurs that are being uncovered in China had feathers. They were flightless, but they had feathers. It's not impossible that ALL dinosaurs- or at least all dinosaurs of the raptor kind- had feathers.
Which would mean they were always birds. A bird is not so much a dinosaur that has evolved as a dinosaur is an early kind of bird.