Consider a highly polished model, like those of the Big Buck Bunny project:
Now I do:
i) File–> AppendorLink–> choose the bird.blend, choose the Group, choose Bird.
ii) In the main window, do Add–>Group–> Bird.
iii) Now you’ll see a bird on Window 1, a bird on Window 2, and the bones on Window 7.
Q: What is the workflow? Suppose I want the bird to fly across the room, am I supposed to grab the Bird on Window 1 or Window 2? Do I have to move both out of the way, including the bones, say if I want to add another bird-- it’ll go to the same place won’t it?
Is there some other way you’re supposed to “get” the character into your blender workspace?