This sculpture is suggestive of a bird but yet is not quite a bird, but a hybrid creature. The stance of this creature appears to be that of a bird of prey, resting but ever watchful, shoulders hunched, wings closed. Like many sculptors before him, including Brancusi, Epstein, Picasso and Moore, Coventry has used the bird form as an expressive sculptural device. In reducing form to simple line and masses, he is able to elicit with absolute clarity the most telling avian characteristics. In working the land - Terence Coventry has a farm in Cornwall - his daily round gives him ample opportunity to observe birds and animals, both domestic and wild. These quite naturally form his sculptural repertoire, whether carved, or modelled and cast in bronze like Avian Form. This sculpture is one of a series of bird pieces. Number two stands and waits, number three is a crouching, pecking creature, whilst number four tilts forward, the head cocked enquiringly. This, the first in the series, also exists on a monumental scale.