One thing is obvious is that the DOF of the 1.6 is greater than that of the ff at the same shutter speed
This is really only when you can get close enough to fill the frame with the bird with either FF or APS-C, which is often not the case, when you are totally distance limited this goes away (and since aps-c cams often have higher photosite density and you often want to take advantage of that, when you try to take advantage of it, the aps-c cam actually shows any lack of DOF even more).
This may impact the photo in that
- the 1.6 DOF may be too deep when wide open
As above, only when you are lucky enough to not be distance limited to the target and could frame as desired without cropping on the FF body.
- 7D has relatively poor high iso, limiting the quality IQ range (and therefore shutter speed)
Unless you are distance limited, in which case it actually does a trace BETTER than the 5D2 for noise (the 5D3 might be a bit better than the 5D2 for noise though, it remains to be seen).
- the ff DOF may be too shallow when wide open so you have to shut down - and lose shutter speed
again, there no DOF difference between 5D2, 7D, 1D4 when you are fully distance limited and willing to accept the 5D2 amount of detail it puts on the bird